As CTI Professional Flight Training prepares for a busy future training commercial airline pilots, they have added a key player to their team. Lieutenant Colonel Pete Reddan has joined the team at Millington-Memphis Airport in an important role as Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Pete hails from Edison, NJ and comes to CTI with 20 impressive years serving in the United States Air Force. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL and a Master’s degree from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
During his career in the Air Force, Pete was deployed numerous times to support the United States’ efforts in the Middle East. His first deployments were to the “no-fly zone” over Southern Iraq, in support of Operation Southern Watch. Next, he commanded 18 combat missions supporting air strikes against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Operations Enduring Freedom and achieving a 100% mission success rate. In 2002, he was awarded the James H. Doolittle trophy for military professionalism, courage, and leadership as he and his crew rescued a B-52 bomber experiencing complete electrical failure. His crew led the bomber hundreds of miles back to Diego Garcia, ushering them through thunderstorms to a safe landing. From 2010 to 2014, Pete commanded 54 additional combat missions into Iraq and Afghanistan and coordinated combat airlift operations into Libya.
In 2014 he was named Director of Operations of the 41st Flying Training Squadron at Columbus AFB in Columbus, MS. There he directed the execution of 15,000 sorties and oversaw operations of over 19,000 flight hours. Pete’s other accolades include being recognized in the Top 1% of all AETC Captains and a nomination for the position of Air Force Aide to the President.
As Assistant Chief Flight instructor at CTI PFT, Reddan will oversee the daily execution and ensure standardization of training for up to 100 students, while guiding future growth of the flight school. “These are exciting times in the flight training community as major airlines seek to fulfill their requirements for pilots. It is an honor to call Tennessee home while mentoring the next generation of civilian pilots”. Pete, his wife, and their son will reside in the greater Memphis area as he leads CTI Professional Flight Training.