DRAPEER, Utah –
Col. Paul Peters, former commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general in an official ceremony Sept. 19, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at the Utah National Guard headquarters building in Draper, Utah.
"It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of the Utah Army National Guard, the Army, and the Joint services for almost 30 years,” said Peters. “So many of them have contributed in small and large ways to this opportunity for promotion. I can't thank them enough, and I look forward to continuing to serve in support of them and our nation."
Peters’ current position will be the Director for the Military Advisory Group Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve. In this capacity, he will oversee all the military advisory activities of the multi-national elements that are engaging with the Iraqi military.
Peters is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a resident of Midway, Utah. He holds a B.S. from the University of Utah, an MBA from Westminster College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Peters has served in the Utah National Guard for almost 30 years. He began his career in the Utah Army National Guard in 1992, where he was assigned to the 211th Aviation Group. Later, he attended Officer Candidate School earning his commission in the Infantry branch. In 1995, he joined the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). After completing Special Forces training, he was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha 934 of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Peters’ assignments include Special Forces Detachment commander, battalion S1, battalion assistant S3, Training Company commander, group assistant S3, Special Forces Company commander, Special Operations Command and Control Element—Horn of Africa deputy commander, group S3, group executive officer, Special Forces Battalion commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force—Arabian Peninsula deputy commander, G3/5/7 for the Utah Army National Guard, and Special Forces Group commander.
Peters’ awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Kuwaiti Parachutist wings, Moroccan Parachutist wings, and several sets of Thai Parachutist wings.