Gary C. Peters

Gary C. Peters

Gary C. Peters

Let it be known that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor Lieutenant Commander Gary C. Peters, U.S. Naval Reserve, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Peters served a distinguished military career, including service during Operation Southern Watch. Indeed, his contribution to his country is a feat to which we all should aspire.

Gary C. Peters, of Rochester Hills, Michigan was born in Pontiac, Michigan on Monday, December 1, 1958. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1976 and earned a BA degree in political science from Alma College in 1980. In 1984, Gary received his MBA in finance from the University of Detroit Mercy and a JD degree from the Wayne State University Law School in 1989. Peters earned an MA degree in philosophy from Michigan State University in 2007. He obtained “Eagle Scout” with the Boy Scouts of America and received their “Distinguished Eagle Scout Award” in 2019. Gary worked as an investment advisor for more than 20 years.


Peters joined the United States Naval Reserve in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, July 26, 1993 at the age of 34. He completed the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia in 1995. Gary served as a supply officer 1993-2000, including NRRC Selfridge and NRC Detroit. Peters qualified expert with the pistol and rifle. He rejoined the Naval Reserve after the 9/11 attacks and attached to NRC Detroit. Lieutenant Commander Peters was discharged on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, having earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Gary served overseas at the Admin Support Unit in Manama, Bahrain, COMFAIRMED/NAVSUPPACT in Naples, Italy and at NAS Sigonella, Italy. Peters had earned the “Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist” designation. He served in “Operation Southern Watch” and the “Global War on Terrorism.” Gary served on the Rochester Hills City Council 1991-1993. In 1994, Peters was a member of the Michigan Senate representing the 14th district (1995-2002), where he had more bills signed into law than any other member of his party. Gary as Commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery (2003-2007), generated record funding for schools. Peters represented Michigan’s 9th district (2009-2013) and 14th district (2013-2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives, with service as served in the U.S. Senate since 2015 and is ranking member of the “Homeland Security Committee.” Gary has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 25 years, with three children: son Gary, daughters Madeleine and Alana. Peters is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Indeed, the patriotic contributions of Lieutenant Commander Peters must be recognized, as in all who have served the United States of America in this capacity. The personal sacrifice so selflessly offered by these brave men and women for the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must never be forgotten. Gary Peters embraced the essence of American heroism and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.

In special tribute, therefore, we honor Lieutenant Commander Peters for his exemplary service to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.