“Ms. Ashlee Leppert  (U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class) was highly recommended to me as a guest speaker to the Destin Fl. Military Affairs Council (MAC).  She graciously agreed to speak and the result was a standing ovation from the audience. Her presentation was polished and engaging. She told of the challenging life situations that led to her enlistment in the United States Coast Guard and then about achieving her career goals, as a Flight Mechanic and subsequently, as a Flight Mechanic Instructor. Her adventures in performing her duties were remarkable and captivating.  Her confident, inspirational performance in front of the audience created exactly the atmosphere I was hoping for and her story touched our hearts as well.  The audience members stayed and engaged her after the MAC meeting was adjourned. The high recommendation that I received was entirely justified. I greatly recommend her as a guest speaker to any audience. I am a retired  Air Force Colonel and business owner in the Destin/Emerald Coast area of Florida. ” – Kim M. Wintner, Col. USAF (ret.), Chairman, Destin MAC, Vice Chairman, Emerald Coast MAC