COL Joseph S. Peterson

Following graduation from the University of Miami, Florida, in 1993, 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), the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 2nd Infantry Division. His operational and strategic staff experience include positions at the Group, Division, and Field Army level, with operational deployments to Azerbaijan and Iraq.

In 2001, COL 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. He then served as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), conducting multiple events 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 an assignment with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, COL 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 operations on the Korean peninsula. He was subsequently nominated to serve as the 8th Army Commanding General’s Executive Officer from April 2011 to June 2012. In 2012, COL Peterson assumed command of the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion where he commanded through July 2014. Subsequently, he then served as the Executive Officer for the US Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) Commanding General in Camp Zama, Japan, before then assuming brigade-level command of US Army Garrison-Yongsan and Area II from June 2016 to June 2018. Following Garrison Command, he served as the Executive Officer to the UNC/CFC/USFK Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Staff for US Forces Korea. COL Peterson currently serves
as the Deputy Director for Installation Management Command-Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. 

Colonel Peterson attended the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, earning a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies. He also holds a MS degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California, and a 5-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from the University of Miami, Florida. He 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.

Colonel Peterson’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), 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.

He resides on the island of Oahu with his family.