Leadership & Staff | Wayne Petro
Wayne PetroCMSgt, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
SVP, Chamber Development
Wayne Petro is currently employed with GEICO as Director of Sales for their agency program. He officially retired on 1 October 1998 after serving the Air Force for just over 24 years.
Prior to retiring, Chief Petro served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the11th Wing at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. He had MAJCOM responsibility for providing the commander with advice on an active duty force of 4,354 in the National Capital Region and over 28,000 active duty personnel throughout the Air Force in a Field Operating Agency capacity, with emphasis on health, welfare and morale.
Chief Petro enlisted in the Air Force September 5, 1974 and completed Basic Military Training and the Security Police Technical School while stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. His first duty assignment was Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Here he performed duties as a gate guard, patrolman and desk sergeant. During this assignment, he was singled out for recognition for composure under pressure when he served as desk sergeant during a tragic fire that killed the base commander, fire chief and assistant fire chief. His efforts during a crucial 16-hour period averted further loss of life and identified him as a natural leader and a person to be relied on in a crisis.
In June 1978, Chief Petro was assigned to Hellenikon Air Base, Greece as a desk sergeant and later a flight chief. While assigned to Hellenikon, he volunteered to guard VIP aircraft carrying State Department negotiators who were seeking the release of American hostages held by Iran. He also volunteered his time and home in support of repatriating American families from Iran enroute back to the United States. He was then assigned to England AFB, Louisiana where he served as the NCOIC of Resource Protection. Based upon his proven capability in handling crisis situations, Chief Petro was handpicked for a then classified deployment to the Caribbean in support of the invasion of Grenada.
In November 1985, Chief Petro was assigned to Rimini, Italy where he was the only Law Enforcement support for the site. After serving two years there, he applied for retraining into the First Sergeant Career field and was subsequently assigned to Andrews AFB, Maryland in January 1987. He served as the First Sergeant for a test program called the Mission Support Sq and also as the First Sergeant for the Security Police Sq whose motto aptly describes their task: “Guardians of the President and Peace.”
In January 1990, he was assigned to Pirinclik Air Station, Turkey where he was responsible for all enlisted issues at this GSU. He led a base-wide dormitory project, moving over 120 military members from numerous aged buildings to a new facility and realigned over 120 civilian billets. The base commander singled him out for his base preparation efforts, which directly influenced the success of visits by the Secretary of the Air Force, House Armed Services Committee members and several senior commanders. Chief Petro also had assignments at Bolling AFB with HQ AFOSI and the Pentagon with the Pentagon Communications Agency as a First Sergeant. He proudly wore the First Sergeant diamonds for over 10 years!
Chief Master Sergeant Petro was born in Neptune, New Jersey on June 13, 1956. He and his wife Anna, also of Neptune, New Jersey, have been married for over 40 years and have two boys, Wayne Jr. and Vinny and also a grandson, Ethan and granddaughter Isabella.
Virginia Beach, VA