A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rear Adm. Dean Peters graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985. 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).
Peters’ subsequent flying assignments included tours as a test pilot, instructor pilot and squadron department head.
As commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the squadron accomplished more than 11,000 flight test hours and was the 2006 recipient of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety Award.
Peters has served in numerous acquisition billets, including assignments as the MH-60R Seahawk avionics lead within the H-60 program office, deputy program manager for the Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program and assistant program manager for systems engineering for all Navy and Marine Corps unmanned air vehicles.
From November 2007 through July 2011, Peters served as program manager, H-60 helicopters program office (PMA-299), providing worldwide support for the Navy’s H-60 Seahawk helicopters and user communities. During his tenure, the program delivered more than 150 helicopters, fielded numerous upgrades and supported the first three carrier strike group deployments of the MH-60R and MH-60S. From August 2011 to July 2014, Peters commanded the Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), successfully leading the program through Milestone B and contract award for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development program. In October 2014, Peters became commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and the assistant commander for research and engineering, Naval Air Systems Command.
Peters assumed his current position as the program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault & Special Mission Programs, PEO(A), in March 2016.
He has more than 3,800 flight hours in fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.