Pete grew up on South 7th Street in Springfield, Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln. His mom and dad sacrificed to send Pete and his three brothers and three sisters to Catholic grade school and high school on a music professor’s salary. Growing up, Pete developed a love of God and a love of country as well as the value of hard work and personal responsibility.
At the age of 13 as America celebrated its 200th birthday, Pete first became aware of Ronald Reagan. Four years later in November 1980, he cast his first ballot for former governor Reagan. On February 28th, 1984, Pete signed on to serve his country as a Naval Officer, answering President Reagan’s call to defeat the communist Soviet Union during the Cold War. Just prior to his graduation from the University of Illinois in December 1984, in part through the mininstry of Campus Crusade Pete received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
After receiving his commission on May 31st, 1985 Pete served his country as a Naval Officer for 25 years. Pete has flown over 1000 hours in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, earned his Masters degree in National Security Affairs, led his young airmen in conducting the first-ever flight operations onboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and served on a major 3-star staff in Arlington, VA.
As the Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center Columbus, OH under the motto “Always Ready”, Pete had the joy and privilege of serving with the best Naval Reservists in America who continually deployed around the world in support of OEF, OIF and the war on terror. Inspired by the service of his fellow Reservists, Pete volunteered and accepted orders to Afghanistan in fall 2008 as a member of an Embedded Training Team.
Upon his return from Afghanistan in 2009, Pete accepted his current position at James River High School, Midlothian, VA as the Senior Naval Science Instructor. Each day, Pete strives to set the example for his cadets in living out their Cadet Creed to “Strive to promote patriotism and to become an informed and responsible citizen.” He encourages every one of his students to live a life of honor and shared sacrifice.
Pete’s wife Anne has faithfully supported him for 26 years through 10 moves across America. Together they have raised four children to love Christ and to love and serve others.
In his last active duty assignment in 2008, Pete reported to Fort Riley, Kansas to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan. On his first Sunday morning walking to the chapel, he came upon a memorial to “The Big Red One” where he discovered their motto,
“No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty first.”
Facing the rigors of pre-deployment training, that needed reminder raised Pete’s spirit and renewed his ideals. Today, our nation faces a difficult mission to restore our Constitutional republic. That mission requires shared sacrifice and all of us as Americans to put duty first and to strive for restoration now. Like those who signed the Declaration of Independence, each of us, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, [must] pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Working together, America can have a new birth of freedom.