Vice Adm. Dean Peters is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He's a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Peters has earned post-graduate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Telecommunications and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 102.
After earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1986, he flew the SH-2F Seasprite in support of multiple detachments deployed to the North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Mexico, completing anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and counter-narcotics operations embarked on four different ship classes. He served as detachment officer-in-charge aboard USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092).
As commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the squadron accomplished over 11,000 flight test hours and was the 2006 recipient of the CNO Safety Award.
Peters has served in numerous acquisition billets. From Nov. 2007 through July 2011, Peters served as program manager for the H-60 Helicopters Program Office (PMA-299), delivering over 150 helicopters, numerous upgrades, and supporting the first three carrier strike group deployments of the MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawks. From Aug. 2011 to July 2014, Peters commanded the Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), leading the program through Milestone B and contract award for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program.
Peters’ flag assignments include commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; assistant NAVAIR Commander for Research and Engineering; and program executive officer, Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)).
He has more than 3,800 flight hours in fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
Peters assumed responsibilities as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command in May 2018.