COL Peter J. Koch

COL Peter J. Koch

Chief of Plans and Exercises, United States Pacific Command

COL Pete Koch was born and raised in Colorado and then attended high school and college in New England. He was commissioned as a Transportation Officer thru the University of New Hampshire in 1994. He has two daughters, Amber (20) and Felicity (17).

COL Koch’s previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, Company XO and Detachment Commander, 180th Trans Bn, Fort Hood, Texas; Staff Officer and Company Commander, 46th CSG (A), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Logistics Officer, Special Operations Theater Support Element (SOTSE), US Army South, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico and Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Mobility Chief and Transportation Planner, 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Executive Officer, 210 BSB, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum New York; Branch Chief and Deputy for the G-38, Adaptive CIED/EOD Solutions Division, Operations Directorate, G-3/5/7, Headquarters, Department of the Army; Battalion Commander, 3-401st Army Field Support Battalion, Bagram Afghanistan.

COL Koch’s operational deployments include: G-5 plans, Joint Logistics Command, Hurricane Mitch Disaster Relief, El Salvador, Oct 98 to Feb 99 (Fuerto Apoyo); Deputy J4, CJSOTF-Afghanistan, Jan 03 to Jul 03 (OEF); Mobility Operations and Plans Chief, 1st TSC, Arifjan, Kuwait, June 07 to May 08 (GWOT/OIF); Battalion XO, 210 BSB, 2nd BDE, 10th MTN, MND-C, Iraq, Oct 09 to Jun 10 (OIF); Battalion Commander, 3-401st AFSBn-Bagram, Afghanistan, Dec 11 to Dec 12 (OEF).

COL Koch is a graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course (1994), Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course (1998), Support Operations Course (2000), Command and General Staff College - ILE (2005-2006), Division Transportation Officer Course (2006), Joint Planners Course (2006), Lean Six Sigma (2011), and received his Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2015-2016).

COL Koch’s award and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (x3), Meritorious Service Medal (x3), Army Commendation Medal (x6), Joint Service Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal(x4), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon(x4) and the NATO Medal. He has also been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (x2), Meritorious Unit Award, Army Airborne and Pathfinder badges, the Army Staff Badge and foreign airborne badges from the Dominican Republic, Mexico (Navy), Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala.