Army Aviation Hall of Fame 2009 Induction
LTG Daniel J. Petrosky has been a driving force in Army aviation throughout his active duty military career and continuing in retirement to this very day. His service to Aviation is hallmarked by his commitment and dedication to Soldiers and their families.
Petrosky began his aviation career as a platoon leader flying Cobra helicopters in Vietnam in 1969. He commanded the 2nd Cbt. Avn. Sqdn., 2nd Armored Cav. Regt. during the height of the Cold War from 1984 to 1987, and also commanded the 4th Bde., 1st Armored Div. from 1990 to 1992 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
His keen insight in combined arms operations resulted in his selection as the assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne Div. in 1993, where his skill in aviation proved critical to the restructuring of the division. This same multi-faceted expertise made Petrosky the logical selection for assignment as the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker from 1994 to 1995, where his leadership again was instrumental in ensuring the Aviation Branch was poised to meet the challenges of the future fight.
After a tour as deputy chief of staff for Operations with the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Petrosky returned to Fort Rucker in 1996 to become the seventh Aviation Branch Chief, where he continued to move aviation forward as a fully integrated member of the combined arms team. He was the driving force to develop aviation simulations into a more effective enabler for training the force.
Petrosky subsequently commanded the Eighth U.S. Army in Korea from 1998 to 2000 and culminated his active duty career as the chief of staff for the U.S. European Command in Germany from 2000 to 2002.
Since retirement, he has continued his support to the Army and aviation as a senior observer and a senior mentor for major units deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, as well as the president of the Army Aviation Museum Foundation's board of directors, and serves as the national secretary for the Army Aviation Association of America.
Petrosky is a "Soldier's Soldier" who has made a significant impact on Army aviation for over 40 years; influencing its doctrine, determining innovative ways to use and manage aviation on the battlefield, and providing unbridled inspiration to all with whom he has served.