Maj. Gen. Teresa Marné Peterson is the 25th Commandant, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. The National War College is the senior service school in the study of national security affairs. It is composed of departmental influences to include Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, Department of Defense, Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and other executive agencies.
The general graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in photographic sciences. A distinguished graduate of Officer Training School, she was commissioned in 1973. After her initial assignment as an aircraft maintenance officer, she entered undergraduate pilot training and received her pilot wings in 1979. She has held positions as an instructor pilot and operations officer, and she is the first Air Force woman to command a flying squadron. She also commanded the 86th Support Group, 14th Flying Training Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. During this command, she deployed as the Director of Mobility Forces for Operation Enduring Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, where she orchestrated 90 coalition aircraft through 5,000 sorties, 39 million pounds of cargo moved and 190 million pounds of fuel off-loaded in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Her staff assignments include assignment officer for The Colonels' Group at Headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, and Chief of the Mobility Control Center at U.S. Transportation Command. She has served on the Air Staff as Director of Transportation and, most recently, as Director of Operations and Training.
1973 Bachelor of Science degree in photographic sciences, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1986 Master of Arts degree in human resources management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1988 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1993 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2000 Ukrainian National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2001 Seminar XXI, Foreign Political and International Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2003 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. November 1973 - September 1975, T-38 aircraft maintenance officer, Moody AFB, Ga.
2. October 1975 - December 1977, T-43 aircraft maintenance officer, Mather AFB, Calif.
3. January 1978 - January 1979, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
4. January 1979 - July 1980, C-141 pilot, 53rd Military Airlift Squadron, Norton AFB, Calif.
5. November 1980 - September 1982, T-37 instructor pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
6. September 1982 - December 1983, T-37 assistant flight commander, 559th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
7. January 1984 - January 1985, Chief, Flying Status Branch, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
8. January 1985 - July 1987, assignment officer, The Colonels' Group, Headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas
9. July 1987 - July 1988, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 1988 - December 1990, T-38 flight commander, section commander and operations officer, 54th Flying Training Squadron, Reese AFB, Texas
11. December 1990 - July 1992, Commander, 42nd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
12. August 1992 - June 1993, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1993 - June 1995, Chief, Mobility Control Center, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. June 1995 - June 1997, Commander, 86th Support Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
15. October 1997 - July 1998, Vice Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
16. July 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
17. June 2000 - March 2002, Director of Transportation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. March 2002 - July 2003, Commander, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire AFB, N.J. (July 2002 - September 2002, Director of Mobility Forces, Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia)
19. July 2003 - January 2006, Director, Operations and Training, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. January 2006 - present, Commandant, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 2,600
Aircraft flown: KC-10, C-141, T-37 and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 13, 1973
First Lieutenant Nov. 13, 1975
Captain Nov. 13, 1977
Major April 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1990
Colonel Feb. 1, 1994
Brigadier General Nov. 1, 2000
Major General July 1, 2004
(Current as of January 2006)