1LT Peter Duston

1LT Peter Duston

Dates of Service: Jul 1956 - Nov 1998
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  • SSG Nov 69
  • SSG Sep 87
  • SFC Nov 90
  • MSG Mar 97
  • MSG Jan 99
  • MSG Jan 01
  • 2LT
  • 1LT Jan 70
Commissioning Source:  Direct Commission, Jan 1970

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Active Army 1956-59 Russian Linguist - Germany, Army Ski Team; Reserves - 1959-1974 Germany and CONUS - admin, Russian instructor, SF Linguist, DC as 1LT/MI searching for Weather Underground. (break) 1985-1999 USAR/INF Basic Training/ ROTC/ BN OPS and West Point NCOIC for Beast Barracks. German Exchange, retired for max years by USMA Commandant Abizaid. 1985 - 2021 Bugler with USAF Honor Guard

Military Experiences

Jul 2007 - Jan 2022
Serve as a retiree member of the Maine (USAF) Honor Guard as a Bugler but frequently called upon to fold and shoot. Was presented the Wing's Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and 2017. Also serve as State and Assistant State Director for Bugles Across America buglesacrossamerica.org providing volunteer buglers for veterans funerals and patriotic events.
Sep 1994 - Jan 1999
Senior Instructor
Served as Threat Instructor two summers at OSUT Infantry School - Ft Benning - role played MAJ Pavlov of Soviet Army. Served as BN Operations NCO, BN Educational NCO, Re-enlistment/retention NCO.
Jun 1996 - Sep 1998
three summer Duty tours at USMA as NCOIC of Army Reserve Task Force conducting Cadet Basic Training - Beast Barracks Also Task Force NCOIC of Military Intersession at USMA - Winter Semesters 1997 - 1999 - Retired at West Point for max years service
Sep 1985 - Sep 1988
Senior Instructor
Reenlisted in the Army Reserve at age 47 after a 12 year break. Assigned and retrained infantry. Taught combat skills for basic training at Ft Campbell. Created a role playing persona as soviet NCO - SGT Pavlov conducting Threat Training.


(4 years, 3 months)
Jul 1991 - Aug 1991
Pentagon exchange program with the Bundeswehr with the 76th Jaegers in Ansbach. Personally led defensive FTX teams and MOUT in live fire. All conducted in German. Certified Jaeger NCO and qualified Schuetzenschnur. Met Russian Troops of 35th Guards Div in Weimar of DDR. I monitored their Order of Battle as a young intelligence analyst 1957/58
Jul 1987 - Aug 1987
Served as NCOIC of range safety team for joint mortar qualifications of infantry units.
Jul 1970 - Aug 1970
Reserve duty with Intelligence School - Oberammergau, Germany - 1LT - MI
Nov 1961 - Feb 1963
Reserve duty with Munich USAR School and security duty with Radio Liberty. Highest rank SP5

Military Credentials

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Jul 1995

DLI - Russian Refresher Honor Grad

Ended in Jul 1988

DLI - Russian refresher

Ended in Jul 1970

DLI - German Refresher Honor Grad


Sep 1997

Expert - M16

Feb 1995

Senior Instructor and Train the Trainer


German Jaeger NCO


German Schuetzenschnur

Foreign Language Skills


Ukrainian (0/-)


Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
None / Expired

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

Boston University

Bachelor's Degree, Russian Studies

Personal Information

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