Following graduation from the University of Miami, Florida in 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Peterson was commissioned into the Engineer Branch as a Second Lieutenant. He subsequently served in a variety of command positions with Air Assault, Airborne, and Mechanized combat engineer units in the Continental United States and Korea, including the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 82nd Airborne Division, and 2nd Infantry Division. His operational and strategic staff experience includes positions at the Group, Division, and Field Army level, with operational deployments to Azerbaijan and Iraq.
In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Peterson was selected to attend the Civil Affairs Qualification Course and Russian language training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Training Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Peterson then served as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in Delta Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), conducting multiple Joint-Combined Training Exercises abroad, Humanitarian support missions, and initial entry into Iraq in March 2003 with 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
In 2008, following two additional combat deployments to Iraq and assignment with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Lieutenant Colonel Peterson was assigned to 8th Army as the Assistant Chief of Staff G9, with the mission to plan, advise, and assist in development and execution of civil-military and stability operations on the Korean peninsula and in support of US Army Pacific’s Theater Security Cooperation Program. Lieutenant Colonel Peterson was subsequently selected to serve as the 8th Army Commanding General’s Executive Officer from April 2011 to June 2012.
Lieutenant Colonel Peterson earned a Master of Science Degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California, and a 5-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Miami, Florida.
Lieutenant Colonel Peterson is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School and Sapper Leader Course. His other military schools include the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Mountain Warfare Course, Jumpmaster School, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, and Combined Arms and Services Staff School.
Lieutenant Colonel Peterson’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has earned the Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger and Sapper Tabs, and German foreign parachutist wings.