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A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jeff Peterson saw a faculty position in Mankato’s aviation program as an opportunity to continue to serve.



Jeffrey S. Peterson
Assistant Professor of Aviation

Jeff PetersonAfter serving more than twenty years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Jeff Peterson retired in Spring 2013. Still excited about aviation, he searched for a way to share his passion with others.

“I taught primary flight students in the Air Force and it was the most rewarding assignment of my career as a military pilot,” said Peterson. “So when a position at Minnesota State Mankato opened up, I saw it as an opportunity to share my passion for flying once again with young aviators looking for a career in this exciting field.”

While in the Air Force, Peterson flew air refueling, transport, and training missions on several aircraft, including the KC10, C12, T1, and C130. More recently, Peterson spent a year in Afghanistan as an Air Adviser to the Afghan Air Force. There he flew with Afghanistan crew members in the Ukrainian-made Antonov 32 pursuing once again his passion for flight instructing.

Peterson also flew the DC9 for Northwest Airlines about halfway through his Air Force career. However, his stint as a commercial airline pilot was cut short following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Rated as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with instructor ratings for Instrument and Multi-engine aircraft (CFI, CFII, MEI), Peterson holds a BA Degree in Communications from the University of MN Duluth and a Master of Aerospace Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jeff Peterson resides in Northfield, Minn. with his wife, Ulrika, and four children. His oldest is a high school senior and is considering attending Minnesota State Mankato. Outside of work, Peterson enjoys spending time with his family, working on his house, boating in Lake Pepin, and playing the bass guitar in church.

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