COL (Ret) Pete Seitz
Pete Seitz long career serving the United States began when he was commissioned a 2LT in the United States Marine Corps in June 1971. After attending Infantry Officers Basic Course in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. In May 1973, he was designated a Naval Aviator and assigned to the Fleet Marine Force-Pacific as a CH-46 helicopter pilot. Over the next four years, he served in a variety of Squadron and Group level aviation assignments to include Squadron Administration Officer, Physical Fitness Officer, Group Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer in addition to his primary duties as a CH-46 pilot. Seitz separated from the Marines as a Captain in November 1976.
In September 1979, Seitz joined the California National Guard and was assigned to D Troop, 1-18th Cavalry Squadron as a UH-1H helicopter pilot. He was soon reassigned as the Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and later served as the Executive Officer and as Troop Commander. In May 1988, he transferred to Detachment 3, STARC, Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB), Los Alamitos, where he served as the Operations Officer for the Los Alamitos Army Airfield. During his tenure with Detachment 3, Seitz also worked as the Director of Public Works, Deputy Commander and Airfield Commander. In 1998, he became the State Aviation Operations Officer at the State Aviation Office in Sacramento. Seitz became the Commander of Detachment 3, STARC in December 1999 and served in that position until he retired from the California National Guard in August 2001as a LTC. In 2005, he returned to the JFTB as a Federal Technician to command the Army Airfield and Flight Facility during the deployment of the regular Commander.
Since 2002, Seitz has served in the California State Military Reserve at the Joint Forces Training Base and the Sacramento Headquarters in a variety of positions. He is currently the Commander of the Installation Support Command at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California.
COL (R) Seitz earned a BA degree in Political Science from the University of California-Davis and a MBA degree from Pepperdine University. His military schools include the USMC Infantry Officers Basic Course, Naval Flight School, Armored Advance Course, the Defense Financial Management Course and the Command and General Staff Course. He was designated as a Naval Aviator and also achieved the Army Master Aviator Award.
His military decorations include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Prior to his civilian retirement, Seitz worked in the food industry specializing in sales management, marketing and strategic planning with ConAgra, Hunt-Wesson Foods, Sunshine Biscuits, Leiner Health Products and Fresh Food Concepts. He has also worked as a Marketing Consultant specializing in new products introductions and brand development. He currently serves as both the Chapter President and as the Vice President for Family Programs at GLAC. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Orange County Veteran and Military Family Collaborative Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He lives in Tustin, California with his wife and they have two children and two grandsons.