USAF Retired Brigadier General Michael J. Peters
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General Peters was born December 22, 1940. Manila in the Philippines. His father was a U.S. Army Surgeon. The General, a 33 year United States Air Force Veteran, grew up on various military installations throughout the world. He graduated in 1959 from Escondido High School in California and in 1963, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego University, San Diego, California. He earned a Master of Business (MBA) in Economics from the United States International University in 1973.
The General entered the Air Force in 1963 and received his commission in the ROTC program at San Diego State University. He earned his wings after completing pilot training in November 1964 at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma. After pilot training he attended F-4 Phantom II training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Tucson, Arizona. He was then assigned to 8th TAC Fighter Wing at George AFB in California. In December 1965 the Wing was moved to Uber Royal Thai Air Base Thailand. General Peters flew 128 combat missions, 100 over Vietnam, where on his 28th mission he was shot down and later that night he evaded capture and was rescued the next afternoon by an HH-3 Air Force Rescue helicopter. After completing his Southeast Asia Tour he flew the F-4D with the 36th Tac Fighter Wing at Bitburg Air Base West Germany and the 23rd Tac Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. During his Germany tour he had many duty assignments to Libya, Turkey and other parts of Europe. In 1970, he was assigned to the 4th Tac Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina where he flew F-4E’s.
General Peters in 1971 left the regular active duty Air Force to pursue a career with Cessna Aircrafts Citation Marketing Program. During this time he continued his military career with the Air Force Reserve Command. He entered the Air Reserve Technician Program (full time Air Force Reservist) at 4th Air Force McClellan AFB California.
He then went to Rotor-Wing (Helicopter school) at Fort Rucker, Alabama and in 1980 he became the Commander of the 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland Oregon. In May of 1980, during the eruption of Mount St. Helen he and his crew flew the first rescue mission on the mountain. He continued flying 27 more missions and was credited with saving seven lives. In January 1985 General Peters became the Commander of the 939th Rescue andRecovery Wing, Portland Oregon. During his 5 year tenure there he was personally credited with saving 34 lives and his unit saving 302 lives. In May 1986, he became the 445 Military Airlift Wing Deputy Commander for Operations (C141B) at Norton AFB, CA.
Then in November 1987 he was assigned as Deputy Commander for Operations 4th Air Force, McClellan AFB, California. He became Commander of 315 MAW (C-141B) in 1988 at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. His next assignment was as the Commander of the 452nd Refueling Wing (KC-135’s and KC-10’s) at March AFB in California.
In August 1990, he led two KC 135 Squadrons and 550 people from his wing to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. Later he flew missions in KC-10’s and the KC-135R’s over Iraq in Operation South Watch.
In 1994 he was assigned Commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing –the first AMW in the Air Force (C-141’s and KC-135E’s and KC-10 Units). In 1995 he became Commander of the 349 AMW (KC -10’s, C-141’s, C-5’s) Travis Air Force Base, California. In August 1996, he retired from the Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, CA. as a Brigadier General.
The General is a Command Pilot with the more than 8500 Flying hours in the T-33, T-37, T38, F101, F104, F105, F4-C/D/E, F-14, F-15, British Electric Lighting, KC-10, KC-135E/R, C141B, C-5A/B/C, HC130H/N/P, HH1N and the UH1N.
After leaving the Air Force the General bought a small Ranch outside of Auburn, California and pursued a new Career in the Commercial Developmental Field. Eventually he was the owner of three development Companies until he retired from his 2nd career in 2009. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Air Force Association, Chairman of the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum, Chairman of and on Advisory board to Falcon Enterprises and Chairman of the Education Foundation for Aerospace. He is the owner of Yuba County Industrial LP, Rhino Enterprises LLC, Rhino Technology and Lone Star Oaks Ranch.
His Military Awards and Decorations Include: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross for valor and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star of Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Aerial Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Award, and numerous other medals and citations including the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.
The General is a an active member of the Air Force Association, Red River Fighter Valley Pilot’s Association, The Jolly Green Association, Order of Daedalians, Optimist Club and the Knights of Columbus.
General Peters is married to Rosemary Moore of Sacramento. He has two sons William and Robert, a daughter Jennifer, four granddaughters and one grandson.