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JCSE says goodbye to one of its own

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Decorated U.S. Army veteran and JCSE Sergeant 1st Class Leonardo Santayana (inset) was laid to rest last week after losing his battle with illness.

Funeral services were held at the Base Chapel Oct. 7th for a Soldier assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element.

Army Sergeant 1st Class Leonardo “Lee” Santayana, 41, of Apollo Beach, Fla. passed away Oct. 3, at LifePath Hospice, Tampa. He was born in Manila, Philippines, and stationed at MacDill Air Force Base.

He was on active duty with the U.S. Army and a Gulf War veteran. During his 18 years of service, he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Southwest Asian Service Medal.

He loved working with technical things, such as computers, and to be at home with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Arnette, of Apollo Beach; father, Leonardo V. Santayana of the Philippines; mother, Soledad Alisangco of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Gary, and his wife, Karen, of Wilmington, Del.; sisters, Theresa Santayana of Chicago, Ill., and Corazon and her husband, John Salvador, of Chicago, Ill.; nieces, Kary and Hope; and maternal grandmother, Soledad Alisangco-Moro.

He was laid to rest with full military honors at Bay Pines National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. (Courtesy of JCSE)

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