Air force attorney includes fitness lifestyle


For U.S. Air Force Capt. Leslie R. Newton ’03, a typical training day includes a track workout, supplemented with a “little” 300-pound tractor tire-flipping. Newton, an attorney who serves as the special victims counselor at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, ranked 19th among all military women in the world in the 2016 CrossFit Open. She originally planned to go to law school, but decided instead to focus on strength and fitness after graduating from WCU. Living in Arizona, she competed professionally in the International Federation of Body Builders and ran a successful fitness company. A decade later, when the law school dream resurfaced, Newton enrolled at Florida’s Stetson University. She joined the Air Force after earning her law degree in 2012. “In my life, I didn’t succeed at everything, and some things have been harder than others, but doing things that I didn’t have the background for has reinforced my belief that if I try hard and work hard, it can happen,” she said. “I also have an understanding that talent can bloom late, and that has allowed me to pursue many dreams.”