February 15, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Colonel Pete Peterka - U.S. Army (Ret.)
|Our February 15th guest speaker is Colonel Pete Peterka - U.S. Army (Ret.) who will join us to talk about his career jumping out of perfectly good aircraft. He has parachuted hundreds of times from over 17 different models including the Army’s work horse C-47 Dakota, Cessna 120, L-20 Beaver, C-82 and C-119 Boxcar, C-130 Hercules, C-141 Loadstar and the C-5 Galaxy, Pete’s 32 year military career includes serving in the U.S. Marine Corps (1941-1949) in the South Pacific during WWII (1942-1946) and the U.S. Army from 1950 through 1974. He served various Army Research and Engineering programs that included the first high altitude low opening (HALO) testing making him the one of if not the first uniformed sky diver.
|Pete started the Sports Parachuting Club in the First Cavalry Division in Korea. He later became the head of the European U.S. Army Sports Parachute Association in Heidelberg, Germany and was Chief Judge at the British National Sports Parachuting Competition in the early '60's as well as sports parachuting clubs with the Thai’s and Laotians in the 1970’s.|
Pete and his wife Alice recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary here in Santa Rosa. His post military career included service with Sonoma County as the Volunteer Search and Rescue Coordinator for 7 years as well as an Emergency Services Director for 10 years. Their two children live here locally as does their grandson who recently returned from his second tour in IRAQ.
Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street just past the museum and Nob Hill south gate.