Professor John Peek was inducted as a Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard in a ceremony held on May 18, 2012 on board the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point.
Peek has been a member of the United States Coast Guard as a reservist since 1989 and was originally assigned to the Marine Safety Office in Charleston. He later transferred to Sector Charleston where he currently serves as the chief of the Prevention Section. He will transfer this October to Sector Wilmington, North Carolina.
During his career, Professor Peek has been recalled to active duty in support of military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan beginning in 1990 with Operation Desert Storm. He also was recalled again in 2001 under Operation Enduring Freedom and for a brief period in 2002 in preparation for the War in Iraq before being placed under orders in 2003-2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Peek also has been deployed for multiple short term explosive load missions in Jacksonville, Florida as well as assisting in Miami, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and in Savannah, Georgia in1992 following the Powell-Duffryn Terminal chemical release near the Port of Savannah.
Peek has been employed at USC Salkehatchie since 1997 where he teaches courses in criminal justice. He became as full-time faculty member in 2010 following his retirement from South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.