A family man, Kane E. Leedy enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife, Shannon, his 10-month-old son, Charlie, as well as with other members of his family.

Born in Missouri, Leedy grew up in Woodbridge, Va., graduated from high school in Conway, S.C., and earned a bachelor's degree in financial management from Clemson University and a master's degree in management from Florida Institute of Technology.

This was followed by a stint as a contracting intern with the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

In 2006, Leedy transferred to Belcamp, Md., to begin work with the Army Contracting Command -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as a team leader/ contracting officer supporting the Joint
Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

It was a move that not only brought him closer to his family geographically, but one he says has provided him with a lot of experiences he would not have obtained if he had stayed with the Navy.

Knowing that IEDs are the terrorist's weapons of choice because, according to Leedy, "they require limited skills to build and they produce dramatic results with little time and money invested," the contracting officer feels especially privileged to work with the JIEDDO.

The JIEDDO's goal is to drive down the effectiveness and frequency of IED attacks which helps protect the Soldier in theater.

In addition to spending his off hours with family, the contracting officer enjoys working out by lifting weights and doing various forms of cardio exercise when, of course, he's not rooting for his alma mater, "Go Clemson!"