2015 Ponaganset Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Profile

Lt. Col. Peter R. Livingston, – Class of 1978 

Retired Lt. Col. United States Air Force and former Test Pilot and Instructor (deceased)

Peter grew up in Foster, RI with his parents and two brothers. Peter graduated from Ponaganset High School in 1978 and was the Salutatorian. Upon graduation Peter was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado; a feat hard to achieve.  He went on to serve his country around the world for 24 ½ years.  His last assignment before retiring was Division Chief at the United State Pentagon.  Here is a recap of Peter’s military career:

 June 1978 – June 1982           USAF Academy,  CO             Cadet

June 1982 – July 1983            Columbus AFB, MS               Pilot Training
August 1983 – Dec. 1983       Little Rock AFB, AR              C-130 Pilot Training

Dec. 1983 – Dec. 1988           Dyess AFB, TX                      C-130 Pilot

Jan. 1989 – April 1990           Howard AFB, Panama            Command Post

April 1990 – Aug. 1993          Little Rock AFB, AR              C-130 Instructor Pilot

Sept. 1993 – June 1997          Charleston AFB, SC               C-17 Operational Test

July 1997 – July 2000            Scott AFB, IL                         C-17 Test Manager

Aug. 2000 – June 2001           Maxwell AFB, AL                  Air War College

July 2001 – June 2004            Wright Patterson AFB, OH    C-130 Test Manager

July 2004 – Oct. 2006            Pentagon, Washington DC     Division Chief

Peter was an Air Force test pilot and instructor for both C-130 and C-17.  He flew many humanitarian aid missions into war torn countries such as Bosnia, Armenia and Iran.  He took his squadron on test missions to the North Pole and Iceland.  While stationed in Panama in 1989 he was involved in the capture of Manuel Noriega, military dictator in Panama.

During his military career, Peter carried on his lifelong love of the Boy Scouts.  Peter earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Troop #101 in Foster and until his death was a leader and mentor of many young men and women in the Boy Scouts and Venturing Crews.  Peter always found time to take his Scouts and Venturing Crews on trips.  One trip was with scouts to the Boundary Waters – Upper Minnesota canoeing along the Canadian Border.  Another trip was to South Dakota backpacking in the Badlands & Black Hill, Crazy Horse & Mt. Rushmore.  The Outer Banks of North Carolina was another trip kayaking to an almost deserted part of Cape Hatteras.  He was Chairman of the Council’s International Committee and Chairman of the Venturing Committee.  He was also involved in promoting awareness of International Scouting. His involvement in Boy Scouts and Venturing made a difference in so many young lives.

Upon his retirement from the USAF, Peter taught high school math.  First teaching at a charter school helping kids get a second change at a high school diploma and then moved to the Dayton Public School System.  Peter and his wife, Sandy, also hosted exchange students and scouts from around the world; Thailand, Russia, Bolivia, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Korea and South Korea to name a few.

Peter’s years of serving his country in the Air Force, his years of contributing to the Boy Scouts and Venturing Crews and when he could have retired and enjoyed life – his teaching of students who wanted a second chance at getting their diplomas- are perfect example of his distinguished life.


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