Former Naval Commander and Bronze Star Recipient Erick A. Peterson Appointed as IFHF Honorary Co-Chairman

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund today announced that Bronze Star recipient, U.S. Navy Commander (Retired) Erick A. Peterson will serve as Honorary Co-Chairman, effective immediately. Peterson is a former patient at the Intrepid Spirit Center at Camp Pendleton and knows first-hand the important work the Fund does in supporting active duty service members.

“We are thrilled to welcome Commander Peterson to the IFHF as his exceptional leadership in our nation’s military and community is of the highest honor, respect and integrity,” said Rich Santulli, Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  “We are looking forward to Commander Peterson’s highly valued contributions.”

David Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, added, “The addition of Commander Peterson to our leadership team will help the Fund further its mission in diagnosing and treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions in service members around the country.”

Commander Erick A. Peterson was raised in Hacienda Heights, California and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1992. After graduation he attended OCS in 1998.

He completed SEAL training in 1998 with BUD/S Class 220 and was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE from 1999-2003, completing three deployments in four years to Asia and the Pacific. In 2004, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO in Stuttgart, Germany; a forward station command and control headquarters for SEALs deployed to the European Theater.

From 2006-2008 he served as a Task Unit Commander at SEAL Team TEN, deploying twice to Iraq, to include time in Fallujah in charge of 35 SEALs and 55 support personnel. 

He attended graduate school, and was subsequently assigned to the SEAL’s West Coast Headquarters, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for 2010. During this year, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Combined Forces Special Operations Command – Afghanistan. Upon completion of that tour, he was assigned to SEAL Team THREE as the Operations Officer and then Executive Officer from 2011-2013, deploying with Team THREE as the Deputy Commander of the Crisis Response Element in the Persian Gulf area.

In 2013, Commander Peterson returned to Stuttgart, Germany, this time reporting to Special Operations Command Europe, where he served as the Current Operations Officer for 18 months and the NATO Response Force Special Operations Component Command Chief of Staff for 18 months.

From 2014-2016 Erick was the Commanding Officer for the SEAL’s Advanced Training Command, in charge of 360 people in 5 locations from Hawaii to Virginia Beach, VA.  It was a great way to finish a very rewarding career.

Commander Peterson has deployed in support of OEF, OIF, OEF-TS, and OEF-P. His decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and various other personal, unit and service decorations.

All Intrepid Spirit Centers are being funded and built by the IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the U.S. Department of Defense for operation and management upon completion. All of the centers are located at military bases around the country.

Intrepid Spirit Centers currently operate at Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; and Camp Pendleton, CA. The organization is in the process of building a center at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the first Intrepid Spirit Center at an Air Force base. Two more are also in development.

Posted on November 7 2019 in News

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