COLONEL MARCUS L. PETERSON
Colonel Marcus L. Peterson is Commander of the 151st Medical Group, Utah Air National Guard, assuming this position in January 2015. Col Peterson was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and graduated from American Fork High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah in 1982. Col Peterson then went on to complete Medical School at F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland in 1986. After Medical School he went on to complete a residency in General Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas in 1991 and a Plastic Surgery Residency in 1998.
Col Peterson joined active duty in 1982 after graduating from ROTC and became a medical student at F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1991 after completion of his General Surgery residency he was assigned to the 2nd Medical Group as a General Surgeon at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. In 1995 he was assigned the Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland AFB, Texas as a Plastic Surgery Resident. Following completion of his residency he was assigned to the 99th Medical Group at Nellis AFB, Nevada as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. In 2004 he left active duty service to pursue a private medical practice as a Plastic Surgeon and currently has practices in St. George, Utah and Henderson, Nevada.
Prior to his current command, Col Peterson served in a variety of leadership positions to include the 99th Surgical Services Flight Commander. He has provided medical services to military members at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany and Misawa Air Base, Japan. Col Peterson has participated in variety of humanitarian missions to include multiple trips to Honduras and most recently to Cambodia on USN Ship Mercy. He is also an active participant in Operation Smile an international surgical team for Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates.
1982 Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Minor: Aerospace Studies (AFROTC), Brigham Young University
1986 Doctor of Medicine, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
1992 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course
1994 The American Board of Surgery Certification
1999 The American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification
2002 Air War College, by correspondence
- March 1979 – May 1982, AFROTC Cadet, BYU – Detachment 855, Provo, UT
- August 1982 – May 1986, Medical Student, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
- June 1986 – October 1991, General Surgery Resident, Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB, TX
- October 1991 – March 1992, Chief of General Surgery, General Surgeon, 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale AFB, LA
- March 1992 – June 1995, Chief of Surgical Services Flight, General Surgeon 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale AFB, LA
- June 1995 – August 1998, Plastic Surgery Resident, Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB, Texas
- August 1998 – June 2000, Chief of General Surgery Element, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- June 2000 – September 2004, Surgical Services Flight Commander, 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- January 2015 – Present, Commander, 151st Medical Group, Salt Lake City, Utah
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal w/ oak leaf cluster
AF Outstanding Unit Award w/ 4 oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with bronze star AF Longevity Service w/ 3 oak leaf clusters
AF Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant: 17 May 1982
Captain: 17 May 1986
Major: 17 May 1992
Lieutenant Colonel: 17 May 1998
Colonel: 17 May 2014
(Current as of October 2016)