ABOUT THE SITE AUTHOR
ET2/ss Peter J. Koester
Peter J. Koester was born in the city of New York, growing up in Bayside, Queens. After working in the civilian world for a number of years, including jobs with Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Blockbuster Video and the NYC Department of Transportation – Traffic Enforcement Division, he enlisted in the US Navy in January of 1995 at the tender age of 27.
Following Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes, Seaman Apprentice Koester transferred to US Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT. Over the next eight months, he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) and the Submarine Electronics Technician Pipeline “A” School – a series of Navy training courses that included Basic Electronics Training, Navigation Principles, Interior Communications Principles, Submarine Damage Control and Firefighting.
Following graduation from “A” School, Seaman Koester received orders to the Navigation Division aboard USS Providence SSN-719, a 688 (Los Angeles) Class Fast Attack Submarine homeported at US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT. He Qualified in Submarines aboard USS Providence on 24 January 1997.
Over the course of the next nine years, Petty Officer Koester took part in three overseas deployments (Northern Run in 1996, Arabian Gulf in 1998, and Mediterranean and Red Seas in support of OIF/OEF in 2003) over the course of two sea tours, divided by a three-year Shore Duty tour in the Repair Division of Naval Submarine Support Facility New London (NSSF).
Within weeks of returning from his last deployment, the Providence entered drydock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, where the submarine underwent an Engineered Overhaul – the first performed on a 688 Class Submarine at PNSY.
Petty Officer Koester separated from the US Navy following the end of his second enlistment on 15 November 2004.
Besides the Submarine Warfare Qualification Pin, Petty Officer Peter J. Koester is entitled to wear the Navy Achievement Medal, the Naval Unit Commendation (2 Awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 Awards), the Battle ‘E’, the Good Conduct Medal (3 Awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal (2 Awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea-Service Deployment Ribbon (3 Awards), the Arctic Service Ribbon, and the Rifle Marksman Ribbon.
To Contact the Author: SubGuySS@verizon.net
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