Brig. Gen. David E. Petersen is the Deputy Director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for developing policies and programming resources for aircrew training programs. These include undergraduate flying, post-graduate combat crew, and supplemental training for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Reserve and Guard personnel; international partners; and Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. Along with formulating training policy, he maintains the ability to respond to peacetime contingencies and expeditionary requirements, and to execute AETC command and control in peace and war.
General Petersen received his commission in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has held previous staff positions in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs) in Washington, D.C., and as the Director of the Air, Land, Sea Application Center, Langley Air Force Base, Va. General Petersen has commanded the 85th Operations Squadron, Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland; the 47th Operations Group, Laughlin AFB, Texas; and the 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas. As Commander of the 80th Flying Training Wing, he was responsible for the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. Prior to his current position, General Petersen served as Deputy U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium.
The general is a command pilot and has flown more than 4,100 hours while serving as an instructor pilot and flight examiner in the F-15C, T-38 and T-6 aircraft. He has combat hours during operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.
1984 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1988 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of Military Arts, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2003 Master of Strategic Studies degree, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2009 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1. July 1984 - June 1985, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. July 1985 - January 1989, T-38 instructor pilot and flight examiner, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. January 1989 - May 1989, student, lead-in fighter training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
4. May 1989 - September 1989, student, F-15 transition training, Tyndall Air AFB, Fla.
5. September 1989 - May 1992, F-15 instructor pilot and flight commander, 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
6. June 1992 - January 1994, F-15 instructor pilot and Chief of Safety, 32nd Fighter Group, Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands
7. January 1994 - June 1995, F-15 instructor pilot and assistant Director of Operations, 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
8. July 1995 - May 1996, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. May 1996 - March 1999, Deputy Chief, Weapons Division, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), Washington, D.C.
10. March 1999 - May 1999, student, F-15 re-qualification training, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
11. May 1999 - May 2000, F-15 mission commander and assistant Director of Operations, 60th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12. June 2000 - June 2002, Commander, 85th Operations Squadron, Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland
13. July 2002 - June 2003, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
14. June 2003 - April 2005, Director, Air Land Sea Application Center, Langley, AFB, Va.
15. May 2005 - August 2007, Commander, 47th Operations Group, Laughlin AFB, Texas
16. August 2007 - July 2009, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
17. July 2009 -Aug 2011, Deputy U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium
18. August 2011- present, Deputy Director of Intelligence, Operations, and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training Headquarters AETC, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2003 - April 2005, Director, Air Land Sea Application Center, Langley AFB, Va., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. July 2009 -Aug 2011, Deputy U.S. Military Representative NATO Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, as a brigadier general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,100
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-38, and F-15A/C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 30, 1984
First Lieutenant May 30, 1986
Captain May 30, 1988
Major Nov. 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
Colonel June 1, 2004
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2009
(Current as of April 2013)