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COLONEL CRAIG C. PETERS

Col. Craig C. Peters is the Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. The wing reports to 4th Air Force at March ARB, California, and supports the Air Mobility Command’s worldwide airlift mission. The 439th AW is home to eight C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft. As the senior officer, he is responsible for more than 3,000 personnel, including civilians, Air Reserve Technicians and traditional reservists.

Colonel Peters began his Air Force career in the Air National Guard, where he served over six years as an enlisted electronic warfare technician prior to earning his bachelor’s degree and attending Undergraduate Pilot Training. Col Peters has served at the unit, group, wing, numbered AF and headquarters levels, to include the Joint Staff as the Assistant Deputy Director of Global Policies and Partnerships and as the Central Command’s Deputy Director of Mobility Forces.

Colonel Peters is a command pilot with more than 7,400 flying hours, including 297 combat flying hours. He has flown combat missions in operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of the 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

EDUCATION

1989 Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass. (Cum Laude)
1995 NATO Staff Officer Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
1998 Air Force Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, Texas
1999 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, AU, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Air Mobility Command Senior Officer Tactics Course, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Ft. Dix, N.J.
2006 Aircraft Mishap Investigators Course, AF Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2006 Reserve Officer National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2006 AMC Senior Officer Tactics Course, U.S. AF Expeditionary Center, Ft. Dix, N.J.
2008 Advanced Air Mobility Operations Course, U.S. AF Expeditionary Center, Ft. Dix N.J.
2009 Masters Strategic Studies, Air War College, AU, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Maintenance Course for Operational Commanders, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2011 USAF Incident Managers Course, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio
2011 Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, AF Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2011 Joint Air and Space Operations Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
2012 Director of Mobility Forces Course, U.S. AF Expeditionary Operations School, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
2015 Senior Officer Security Seminar, West Port, Va.
2015 AF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill
2015 Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, U.S. Agency for International Development, Arlington, Va.
2016 Reserve Officer Strategy of War Course, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.|
2017 AMC Nuclear Commander’s Course, Scott AFB, Ill.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. April 1984 – December 1989, Electronic Warfare System Specialist, 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts ANG, Mass.
2. January 1990 – February 1991, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. February 1991 – December 1995, C-5 Flight Instructor, Chief Aircrew Training, Squadron Scheduler, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
4. December 1995 – March 1997, C-5 Examiner Pilot, Strategic Airlift Operations Officer, Headquarters 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
5. March 1997 – May 2000, C-17 Examiner Pilot, Chief Aircrew Training, Squadron Scheduler, 701st AS, Charleston AFB, S.C.
6. May 2000 – November 2002, C-17 Examiner Pilot, Chief C-17 Flight Standards, HQ 22nd AF, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
7. November 2002 – May 2003, C-17 Examiner Pilot, Command Chief C-17 Flight Examiner, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. May 2003 – September 2004, C-17 Examiner Pilot, Assistant Chief Pilot, HQ 22nd AF, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
9. September 2004 – July 2008, C-17 Operations Officer, 732nd AS, McGuire AFB, N.J.
10. July 2008 – May 2009, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. April 2009 – May 2012, Commander, 910th Operations Group, Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport ARS, Ohio
12. May 2012 – August 2014, Commander, 911th AW, Pittsburgh International Airport ARS, Pa. (March 2014 - July 2014, Deputy Director Mobility Forces, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)
13. August 2014 – June 2016, Assistant Deputy Director, Global Policy and Partnerships, J5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2016 – May 2017, Commander, 940th ARW, Beale AFB, Calif.
15. June 2017 – April 2019, Commander, 512th AW, Dover AFB, Del.
16. April 2019 – Present, Commander, 439th AW, Westover ARB, Mass.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. March 2014 - July 2014, Deputy Director Mobility Forces, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a colonel
2. August 2014 – June 2016, Assistant Deputy Director, Global Policy and Partnerships, J5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 7,400, 297 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, C-5A/B/M, C-17, C-130H, KC-135R, B727 and MD-88

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS       

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two devices
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
AF Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with two bronze stars
AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
AF Longevity Service with seven oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with five ‘M’ devices and hour glass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (rifle)
AF Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Government of Kuwait

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant December 21, 1989
First Lieutenant January 29, 1992
Captain August 4, 1994
Major July 14, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel August 18, 2005
Colonel February 13, 2010

(Current as of April 2019)