Commander Gregory T. Petrovic was born in Yuma, Arizona and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. He began his military career by attending the United States Naval Academy and graduated in May of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. After commissioning he was designated a Naval Aviator 1998.
Commander Petrovic’s first operational squadron was Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) Golden Eagles at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He served as PR/AME branch Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. While at VP-9, Commander Petrovic made two deployments to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR) and flew in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
Commander Petrovic reported to Naples, Italy for duty at CTF-67 and C6F. While there he served as Surface Officer, Balkans Officer, Current Operations Officer, and as an action officer for COMMANDER SIXTH FLEET. During this tour he detached to 5th fleet in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
November 2003, Commander Petrovic reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as a Launch and Recovery Officer. While onboard GEORGE WASHINGTON he deployed to 4th, 5th and 6th Fleet AOR’s in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In June of 2005 he reported to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) Pro’s Nest at NAS Jacksonville for instructor duty. While at VP-30 Commander Petrovic served as Professional Development Officer, CPRG Safety Officer and qualified as an instructor under training instructor.
February 2008 he reported to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville for his department head tour. While at VP-45 he served as Safety/NATOPS, Future Operations, and Maintenance Officer.
In January 2010 Commander Petrovic was assigned to the Joint Chiefs Staff (J8). He served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Requirements and Joint Requirements Oversight Council Assistant Branch Chief.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards one with VALOR), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards.