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AFROTC Detachment 035 Commander

Lt Col Bret P. Peters

Lt Col Bret P. Peters


Lieutenant Colonel Peters is the Professor of Aerospace Studies
and Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 035 at Fresno State University. In this capacity, he leads a cadre of officers and enlisted members responsible for recruiting, educating, training and motivating officer candidates for the United States Air Force. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Prior to his Air Force ROTC assignments, he served as a C-130H Mission Navigator assigned to the 156th Airlift Squadron, Charlotte ANG, NC. Colonel Peters was most recently deployed as the Assistant Director of Operations for the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait. He led a total force team providing tactical airlift, electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and operational support capability throughout Southwest Asia.

Lieutenant Colonel Peters graduated from Shaw University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2016, he graduated from Pfeiffer University with a Master’s Degree in Leadership. He has
served in a variety of leadership capacities from the Squadron and Group levels, to Headquarters NC National Guard culminating in his current position as a Detachment Commander. As a Mission Navigator, he was responsible for flying airdrop and airland operations of troops and equipment, frequently under NVGs and in all levels of combat. He is a Senior Navigator, with over 1,000 hours (250 combat hours) in direct support of major operations including Operations JOINT FORGE, CORONET OAK, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, most recently in Operations FREEDOM’s SENTINEL and INHERENT RESOLVE.


1990 Basic Military Training, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

1991 UH-1 Helicopter Repairer Course, Fort Rucker, AL

1997 Security Forces Ground Combat Skills, Lackland AFB, TX

1997 Security Forces Law Enforcement Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, TX

1998 Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Shaw University, NC

1999 Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air Force Base, TN

2001 Air Force Communications and Information Systems Officer Training, Keesler AFB, MS

2005 Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX

2005 Combat Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Training, Fairchild AFB, TX

2005 Parachuting Water Survival Training, Pensacola NAS, FL

2005 C130 H2 Navigator Initial/ Mission Qualification Training, Dobbins ARB, GA

2008 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, GA

2016 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, GA

2016 Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, Pfeiffer University, NC


Sep 89 – Dec 96 UH-1 Helicopter Repairer and Crewchief, NCARNG, Salisbury, NC

Dec 96 – Oct 99Security Police/ Law Enforcement, 145 AW, Charlotte ANGB, NC

Oct 99 – Dec 99Officer Training School, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN

Dec 99 – Aug 04Maintenance Group Executive Officer, 145AW, Charlotte ANGB, NC

Aug 04 – Dec 06Undergraduate and C-130 Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX

Dec 06 – Aug 17C-130 Mission Navigator, 156AS, Charlotte ANGB, NC

Aug 17 – Jan 18Operations Officer, AFROTC, Det 592, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Jan 18 – PresentCommander, AFROTC, Det 035, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA


Rating:  Senior Navigator

Flight Hours:  Over 1,000

Aircraft Flown:  T-43, T-1, C-130E, C-130H


Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster

Army Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with One Oak Leaf Cluster

Combat Readiness Medal

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster

National Defense Service Medal with One Device

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Device

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Air Force Longevity Service with Four Oak Leaf Clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Two 'M' Devices

USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

Army Aircraft Crewman Badge

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with One Device

Air Force Training Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon

NATO Medal

North Carolina National Guard Meritorious Unit Citation

North Carolina National Guard State Service Ribbon with Three Oak Leaf Clusters


Private First ClassSeptember 15, 1989

SpecialistNovember 2, 1991

Senior AirmanDecember 7, 1996

Staff SergeantAugust 28, 1999

Second LieutenantOctober 22, 1999

First LieutenantOctober 22, 2001

CaptainDecember 6, 2003

MajorOctober 14, 2010

Lieutenant ColonelOctober 12, 2017

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