Interested in the Air Force since high school, Dean Peebels ’83 began serving in the military branch shortly after graduating with a degree in business administration and finance.

He attended Officer Training School, starting a career that led to the rank of lieutenant colonel by retirement in 2009. Now director of staff at Headquarters Air Force District of Washington, D.C., Peebels manages efforts to provide the Air Force voice in the nation’s capital region.

“I’ve stayed with the Air Force because I’m proud to serve my country,” Peebels said.

His service, leadership and excellence are appreciated, as he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal this year.