About the Author
J. Koester was born in the city of
Koester attended Boot Camp at RTC Great
Lakes north of Chicago, IL starting on 10 January 1995. Following his graduation with Company 146 in
March, Seaman Apprentice Koester transferred to US Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT, where he first attended
Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) before working his way through the brand-new
Submarine Electronics Technician Pipeline “A” School, a series of courses that
included Basic Electronics Training, Navigation Principles, Interior
Communications Principles, Submarine Damage Control and Firefighting. After graduation and thirty days leave,
Seaman Koester reported aboard his first sea-going command, USS Providence SSN-719, homeported at US
Naval Submarine Base New London,
assigned aboard the
Petty Officer Koester transferred to shore duty at Naval Submarine Support Facility New London, Groton, CT on 28 February 2000, where he was assigned to the Repair Division, working at various times out of both halves of the 67-Hotel Shop, the Submarine Mast and Radar Repair side (February 2000 to March 2001) and the Submarine Sail Maintenance and Paint Shop side (March 2001 to February 2003). While assigned to NSSF he was promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class (ET2) on 16 June 2000.
the completion of shore duty on 3 February 2003, Petty Officer Koester returned
to the USS Providence and Navigation
Division with one week to prepare for another major deployment. This deployment, to the Mediterranean Sea,
lasted from February until August of 2003 and included support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, in which the
Within weeks of returning from
deployment, the crew of
Besides the Submarine Warfare Qualification Pin, Petty Officer Peter J. Koester is entitled to wear the Navy Achievement Medal, The Naval Unit Commendation (2 Awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 Awards), the Battle ‘E’, the Good Conduct Medal (3 Awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal (2 Awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea-Service Deployment Ribbon (3 Awards), the Arctic Service Ribbon and the Rifle Marksman Ribbon.
In November 2001, while still on active duty, Peter joined the Groton Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. He upgraded to USSVI Life Member in December 2005. In January 2004, shortly after moving to northern Massachusetts when the USS Providence entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he also joined USSVI Marblehead Base in Marblehead, MA. In December 2008 he was elected Commander - Marblehead Base, USSVI and in 2009 was appointed USSVI National Historian. Since January 2013 he currently serves as Base Secretary for Marblehead Base.
In December 2007, Peter joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Georgetown Post 7608. In Spring 2010 he was elected Post Commander of Georgetown Post 7608, where he also serves as Clerk of the Post Board of Directors.
Peter Koester currently resides in Rowley, MA with his wife Michele Peterson. He is currently employed as a US Navy contractor working out of an office in Dover, NH.
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