Admiral Leon A. "Bud" Edney, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Designated as a naval aviator, Admiral Edney had a distinguished 38 year Navy career culminating as Vice Chief of Naval Operations responsible to the Chief of Naval Operations for the command of the Navy's operating forces and the administration of its shore establishment, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, and ultimately as Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command.
A highly decorated Navy officer, Admiral Edney's personal awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Distinguished Flying Cross with four gold stars, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal with gold numeral 8 and bronze numeral 30, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with gold star, as well as various campaign and unit awards. During his career he has accumulated more than 5600 flight hours, flying 340 combat sorties, and made more than 1000 aircraft carrier landings.