Peter Gruters



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BA '03 |  Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany

Squadron Commander/Lieutenant Colonel
United States Air Force, Department of Defense
INDUSTRY: Government Services


Lieutenant Colonel Peter C. Gruters is an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force. He is passionate about leadership, and is honored to have been selected to serve his country as a Squadron Commander in Darmstadt, Germany, where he currently resides with his family. Lt Col Gruters has deployed six times in support of conflicts overseas, and completed a year-long tour as a Flight Commander in South Korea. His career spans the breadth of defense intelligence, to include intelligence sensor development and program management at the Pentagon and Special Operations Command, serving as a Director of Operations at Ft. Meade in Maryland, briefing air crew to support operations in Georgia and overseas, and building alliances with partner nations in Europe as an International Engagement Representative. He has been honored with civilian awards for his impact on the community, as well as multiple military decorations, to include the Bronze Star. Pete has also dedicated his personal time to document lessons learned for the military intelligence community, publishing his article, “Publicly Available Information: Modernizing Defense Open Source Intelligence,” in the Special Operations Journal. His article is part of the curriculum for a cyber course at the Joint Special Operations University, where Pete has served as a guest lecturer. In addition to his professional military education, Lt Col Gruters holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida, an MA in Liberal Studies/Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.