Following his initial assignment in the destroyer USS HOLDER (DD-819) as gunnery officer, main propulsion assistant and weapons officer, Captain Peterman served in a variety of billets including duty in the destroyer USS SPRUANCE, the cruisers USS GRIDLEY and USS TRUXTUN, the frigate USS REASONER and as the seventeenth Commanding Officer of USS BERKELEY from September 1989 to July 1991.
In February 1995, he assumed command of Destroyer Squadron Seventeen, where he served as the undersea and surface warfare Commander for the USS KITTY HAWK Battle Group until the squadrons disestablishment. In September 1995, he assumed command of Destroyer Squadron Eighteen, where he served as the Maritime Interdiction Operations Commander in the Arabia Gulf as part of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Battle Group. During this period, Captain Peterman was responsible for tactical control of nine ships. The units conducted maritime defense operations in the Arabian Gulf in conjunction with the navies of the Gulf Littoral Nations and four allied nations. Responsible for enforcing United Nations sanctions in the Arabian Gulf, Destroyer Squadron Eighteen coordinated the interdiction of sixteen sanctions violators. Destroyer Squadron Eighteen consists of the destroyers COMTE DE GRASSE, NICHOLSON and THORN, the guided missile destroyer STOUT and the guided missile frigate NICHOLAS. Destroyer Squadron Eighteen also participated in the two largest NATO exercises of 1996, as well as predeployment workups which included operations above the Arctic Circle as well as port visits to Canada, Iceland, Germany, Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands, Bermuda and England. Following his tour as ComDesRon Eighteen Captain Peterman reported to the Naval Doctrine Command in Norfolk. VA as head of the Concepts and Strategy Division. In his last assignment he served as Chief of Staff, Carrier Division Two.
Captain Petermans other assignments included assignment at the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, (Officer Plans and Policies) at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Enlisted Plans and Policies) and at the Surface Warfare Officer School Pacific, where he served as head of the combat systems department and as the executive officer.
Captain Peterman is a graduate of both the NATO Defense College and the Armed Forces Staff College. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
The son of Mary and John Peterman of Nordmont, Pennsylvania, Captain Peterman is married to the former Susan Vrabel of Springfield, Virginia. Captain and Mrs. Peterman reside in Norfolk, Virginia.