Commander Leo A. Orsino, USN (Ret), died at Renaissance Gardens on 19 November 2012. He was 82 years old.
A native of Larchmont, New York, he was the son of Leo and Florence Orsino. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1948. Upon graduation he entered New York University, NY, prior to receiving his congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in 1950. He graduated from the Naval Academy with the 14th company on 4 June 1954.
During his career, Leo served at many sea and shore duty stations on both the East and West coasts of the United States. His duties took him around the world to South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, Middle East, the Arabian Gulf, Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, among other exotic places. Leo also was awarded the combat Action Ribbon during military actions against the Viet Cong in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He received two Masters Degrees, one from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the other from Boston University. Two of his most interesting tours were as the Commanding Officer of the US Naval facility in Manama, Bahrain where his youngest daughter Bronwyn was born in 1964 and as the Ship-Shore-Ship Project Officer at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium from 1970 to 1974. The NATO tour was especially a happy one since his family accompanied him and had the wonderful opportunity to experience many different cultures. On 30 September 1977, he retired from the navy after 23 years of active duty.
In civilian life, Leo worked as an engineer at various defense firms retiring from Northrop Grumman in 2001. Since then he has done volunteer work for the Fairfax County Government Center in Virginia and at the Office of the Springfield District Supervisor, Springfield, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium on December 17th at 1100.
Leo is survived by his wife, Joan Orsino, his four children; Lee, Kimberly, Matthew and Bronwyn. He has five grandchildren; Lee Michael, Crystal Lee, Timothy, Nicholas and Jared, and three great grandchildren; Mia, Javier and Thomas Kai.