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Col. William C. Peterson is the Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. As Director of Staff, he is the principal advisor to the commander and vice commander. He is the principal staff leader providing guidance and direction to ten flying training wings, four technical training wings, a medical wing, Air University, two numbered Air Forces, nationwide recruiting operations and headquarters directors and chiefs of special staff across all functional specialties. Colonel Peterson supervises implementation of command decisions, plans and policies for a staff of nearly 1,400 military members and civilian employees, and directly manages the headquarters’ $68 million budget.

Colonel Peterson, from Lubbock, Texas, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1990 and was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program. He earned a Master of Science degree in management from Embry Riddle University.

Colonel Peterson is a career logistics officer who has served in various capacities to include group commander, deputy group commander and squadron commander. Prior to this assignment, he was the Commander, 82nd Mission Support Group, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

1990 Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Texas Tech University
2001 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Master of Science in Management, Embry Riddle University
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1. August 1991--December 1992, ATOC Duty Officer, OIC Vehicle Management, 1st Mobile Aerial Port Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
2. December 1992--September 1994, Chief Vehicle Maintenance, 601st Transportation Squadron, Sembach AB, Germany
3. September 1994—September 1997, Transportation Officer Instructor, 345th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
4. September 1997—August 2000, Flight Commander, Combat Readiness and Aerial Delivery Flight, 3rd Transportation Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
5. August 2000—June 2003, Deputy Chief, Air Transportation Readiness, 21st Air Force, McGuire AFB, N.J.
6. June 2003—July 2006, Operations Officer, 60th Aerial Port Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
7. July 2006—July 2008, Chief, Air Transportation Strategy and Transformation Branch, Directorate of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. July 2008—July 2010, Commander, 436th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
9. July 2009—Jan 2010, Commander, 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kandahar AB, Afghanistan
10. July 2010—June 2011, Deputy Commander, 89th Airlift Support Group, Andrews AFB, Md.
11. June 2011—June 2012, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. August 2012—June 2013, Deputy Director, Policy and Strategic Programs, Logistics Operations Directorate (J3), Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.
13. June 2013—May 2015, Commander, 82nd Mission Support Group, Sheppard AFB, Texas
14. May 2015—present, Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two silver oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with device
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
NATO Medal

Second Lieutenant Feb 19, 1991
First Lieutenant Feb 19, 1993
Captain Feb 19, 1995
Major Feb 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Jan 1, 2007
Colonel Aug 1, 2012

(Current as of May 2015)