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Major William C. Peterson
Executive Officer
Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41

Major Peterson commissioned in the Marine Corps in December 2007 following graduation from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. After completing The Basic School in Quantico, VA and Aircraft Maintenance Officer’s School in Milton, FL, he was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (HMM-166) aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, where he served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO). He deployed with HMM-166 (REIN) on the 11th MEU from September 2009 to March 2010.

Upon returning from the 11th MEU, Major Peterson stayed with the squadron through the transition from CH-46 helicopters and stood up Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166). In July 2012, Major Peterson transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (MALS-16) and immediately deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 12-2/13.1. During this deployment he served as the MALS-16 (FWD) Operations Officer and the AAMO. Upon returning to MCAS Miramar in January 2013, Major Peterson served as the AAMO and Airframes Division Officer for MALS-16.

In August 2014, Major Peterson was assigned to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) in Quantico, VA and served as the Operations Officer till he completed active duty service in August 2016.

Major Peterson directly affiliated to the Select Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR) in August 2016 and was attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMLA-775) in Camp Pendleton, CA and served as the Material Control Officer (MCO). During his time with HMLA-775, Major Peterson obtained his master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California. Concurrently while working on his MBA, Major Peterson also completed the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College through the College of Distance Education. Following completion of his MBA, Major Peterson went to work as a project manager in the aerospace defense industry.

In January of 2020, Major Peterson transferred SMCR units to VMM-764 aboard MCAS, Miramar and served as the AAMO. During his time with VMM-764, Major Peterson changed directions in his civilian career and became a federal game warden with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and currently lives and works in northern California.

In January 2023, Major Peterson joined MALS-41 aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth, TX and began serving as the Reserve Aviation Supply Officer. In October 2023, Major Peterson began his current role as the Executive Officer of MALS-41.

Major Peterson is the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.