NWS Seal Beach Civilian Named Region SW Civilian of the Year

Last Updated : 5/26/2011 10:17:41 AM

SAN DIEGO - Commander, Navy Region Southwest presented Ted Peterson with the 2010 Civilian of the Year (Non-Supervisory) award during a ceremony at the San Diego headquarters April 13.

The Riverside, Calif. native was recognized for meritorious service while serving as a Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach (NWSSB), Detachment Corona police officer during January - December 2010.

Also in attendance was NWSSB Commanding Officer, Capt. Terry Auberry.

"There are a lot of great civilians doing so much for the Region," said Auberry, "and Officer Peterson plays a very critical role in our force protection, at our over-the-horizon location in Corona.  He has done a great job and I'm honored to have him as the civilian of the year."

During a manning shortfall, Peterson not only assumed the duties of the Detachment Lieutenant, he also volunteered to serve as Detachment Corona safety committee member. In addition, he also developed a program to train newly hired police officer ensure they met their Job Qualification Requirements and coordinated with the Corona Police Department to obtain a used Fire Arms Training Simulator, at no cost to the government.

Peterson was also responsible for coordinating with local police officials to allow Detachment Corona Security to utilize a state-of-the-art gun range at the Corona Police Department, which netted a savings of $3,000 in overtime and 140 man hours for Police Officers and reservists.

When asked how he felt about receiving the award, Peterson replied, "I'm extremely proud. This is truly a humbling experience. I believe there are so many people who could have received this.  I just love what I do and it keeps me going."

Prior to joining the DoD police force, Peterson's connection to the military started back in 1989 when he enlisted in the Navy. After serving four years, he separated from active duty and returned to the civilian community.

During the aftermath of 9/11, Peterson said he approached his wife about the possibility of serving again. And with her blessing, he rejoined the military ranks as an Army reservist in 2002 and most recently ended a three year assignment in the Naval Reserves.

"Without the support of my family, I would not be here today," Peterson said about his wife and four children. "They have been there for me the entire time, encouraging me with everything I have done up until this point. I really owe [this recognition] to them."

When he's not on duty at the Corona Police Detachment, Peterson continues provide service to the military through a local organization started by him and his wife, called Call to Arms. Through donations, the organization provides support and care packages to service members deployed overseas.

"It's my pleasure and privilege to do what my wife and I do through our organization. We just want to show our appreciation to those who serve and protect us around the world," Peterson added.

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