Captain Peter D. Downing
CPT Peter D. Downing was born in Landstuhl, Germany and raised in Hood River, Oregon. CPT Downing entered military service in February 2004, enlisting as a 68W combat medic. He was later selected to attend Officer Candidate School while deployed with 1-17th IN, 172ND Stryker Brigade during OIF 05-07. Upon completion of OCS in 2008, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers. CPT Downing holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. CPT Downing’s military education includes the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course and the Engineer Captain’s Career Course.
CPT Downing’s previous assignments include Platoon line medic supporting 1-17th Infantry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Fort Wainwright, AK during OIF 05-07; Battalion Assistant S2, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Platoon Leader, 2/569th MAC, Fort Carson, CO supporting OIF and OEF 09-10; Executive Officer, HHC, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Instructor/Writer, B Co, 554th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Assistant S3, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Commander of Engineer Canine, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. The only Engineer Specialized Search Dog and Mine Detection Dog Company in the U.S. Army. Captain Downing is currently the Assistant Professor of Military Science of the Army ROTC Department and the Department Chair of Military Science and Leadership at Troy University.
CPT Downing’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement medal (2 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge.
CPT Downing enjoys alpine skiing, mountain biking, ATV riding, hunting, shooting, and grilling. He has been married to Madeleine Downing for 11 years and has two children; 9-year old Olivia and 6-year old Peter.