Major Peter Ankney is an Infantry Officer and was born in Billings, Montana, graduating from Montana State University—Bozeman in May 2003. After commissioning in the Summer of 2003, he attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer’s Course in Quantico, Virgina.
Major Ankney checked-in to 3d Battalion, 3d Marines in June 2004. From June 2004 – June 2007, he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon Commander and Weapons Company Executive Officer. During this time, Major Ankney deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan, and Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
In June 2007, Major Ankney assumed the duties of Platoon Commander, 3d Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company in Norfolk, Virginia. In this capacity, he forward deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Bahrain. In May 2009, was reassigned to 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company where he served as Commanding Officer and Company Executive Officer. In response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Major Ankney deployed as the platoon commander of the Alert Contingency Platoon to reinforce the American Embassy.
After graduating from Expeditionary Warfare School in May 2011, Major Ankney checked-in to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, California. From June 2011 – May 2015, he served as Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in March 2012 and March 2014.
Maj Ankney currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Salt Lake City. His personal awards are, Bronze Star Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and NATO Medal. He is recently married to his beautiful wife Sarah.