Maj. Gen. Teresa Marné Peterson was the 25th Commandant, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. The National War College is the senior service school in the study of national security affairs.
The general graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in photographic sciences. A distinguished graduate of Officer Training School, she was commissioned in 1973. After her initial assignment as an aircraft maintenance officer, she entered undergraduate pilot training and received her pilot wings in 1979. She has held positions as an instructor pilot and operations officer, and she is the first Air Force woman to command a flying squadron. She also commanded the 86th Support Group, 14th Flying Training Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. During this command, she deployed as the Director of Mobility Forces for Operation Enduring Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, where she orchestrated 90 coalition aircraft through 5,000 sorties, 39 million pounds of cargo moved and 190 million pounds of fuel off-loaded in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Her staff assignments included assignment officer for The Colonels' Group at Headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, and Chief of the Mobility Control Center at U.S. Transportation Command. She served on the Air Staff as Director of Transportation and, most recently, as Director of Operations and Training.