First Sergeant Peterson is a native of Westboro, WI. He graduated from
Rib Lake High School on May 11th 1998 and joined the Marine Corps
September 15th of that same year. Prior to graduating from recruit
training in San Diego, Private
Peterson was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class
for being a Squad Leader and for achieving the highest physical fitness
test in the entire company. He attended the School Of Infantry at Camp
Pendleton, California where he received the
0351 Anti-Tank Assaultman Military Occupation Specialty.
Following training at Camp Pendleton Private First Class Peterson was transferred to his first duty station in 29 Palms, California where he was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. After a deployment to Okinawa, Japan Lance Corporal Peterson accelerated through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant February 1st of 2001. Sergeant Peterson, now the Javelin Section Leader, attended the Scout Skier Course in Bridge Port, California and a few months later did another Okinawa deployment.
On November 3rd 2002 Sergeant Peterson reported to Weapons Training Battalion Quantico, Virginia. As a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, Sergeant Peterson taught over 10,000 Marines and civilians in rifle and pistol marksmanship, and over 3,000 new Lieutenants from The Basic School. In the spring of 2005 Sergeant Peterson shot the Eastern Division Rifle and Pistol Championships where he placed 5th in the rifle competition and was awarded a M1 Garand Service Rifle for being the high new shooter, also known as "high tyro".
Sergeant Peterson was hand-selected to become a member of the Marine Corps Rifle Team where he traveled and competed in numerous places to include England for the Royal Marine Skill at Arms Meet (RMSAM), and Australia for the Australian Skill at Arms Meet (AUSAM). In the Spring of 2006, now Staff Sergeant Peterson, became a Distinguished Marksman, a multi-time Interservice Rifle champion, and a Thousand Yard Line Rifle National Champion.
On November 2nd 2006 Staff Sergeant Peterson reported to Marine Corps Base Hawaii as the Platoon Sergeant for 1st Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. While in 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines Staff Sergeant Peterson deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom from July of 2007 until March of 2008 operating in Zaidon for the majority of the time.
After being promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on February 1st 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan under a volunteer basis as a Team Chief for Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, Embedded Training Team 5-5 serving with the Afghan National Army Reconnaissance Company consisting of only two other Marines, one Sailor and 90 Afghans. Gunnery Sergeant Peterson conducted over 100 combat missions from August 2009 - April 2010.
In July of 2010 Gunnery Sergeant Peterson became the SNCOIC of the Marine Corps Shooting Teams (Rifle, Pistol and Combat/3-Gun) which is a Master Gunnery Sergeant billet. In September of 2010 Gunnery Sergeant Peterson won the overall individual Rifle and Pistol championship at RMSAM. In July of 2011 Gunnery Sergeant Peterson was selected by one of his Marines, Sergeant Dakota Meyer, to travel and assist him with the Medal of Honor ceremonies, process and tour from August - October 2011.
In 2012 Gunnery Sergeant Peterson won the Eastern Division Rifle Championship and also became a Distinguished Pistol Shot. Since Gunnery Sergeant Peterson had previously earned the Distinguished Marksman Badge for rifle shooting, this made him what is referred to as "Double Distinguished". This distinction had been matched by only 479 other Marines since the inception of the Marine Corps Shooting Team in 1901. Also, he was the Marine Corps Match Rifle Champion and the 2012 Marine Corps Match combined Rifle and Pistol Match Champion. For these accomplishments, and many others up to the National level, Gunnery Sergeant Peterson was submitted for the Marine Corps Athlete of the Year. In December of 2012 he was selected for promotion to the rank of First Sergeant.
First Sergeant Peterson reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 2 (CLB-2) in April of 2013 as the Company First Sergeant for Transportation Support Company. In May of 2014 First Sergeant Peterson became the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Remain Behind Element of CLB-2 which consisted of 383 Marines.
First Sergeant Peterson enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and working with the American Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO) Foundation. He is the President of both the A Hero's Hero non-profit organization and the Veterans Life Solutions non-profit organization. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal w/V Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 2nd award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2nd award, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal 5th Award.
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