Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 13, 2017) — Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and careers, has partnered with the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area for workforce development and talent attraction efforts. As a result of the partnership, Michael L. Peeler has joined Where Opportunity Knox as a regional veteran connector to market career opportunities in the Cumberlands area to transitioning veterans and their families.
Peeler is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, most recently serving as a patrol officer for the Springfield Police Department in Springfield, Tenn., where he was appointed class leader, elected class president and received the Tennessee Association of Police Chiefs’ Casey-Fowler-Williamson Leadership Award for outstanding leadership skills upon graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Before retiring from the Army, he served as deputy director of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in the Republic of Korea, operating in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in direct support of U.S. foreign policy and security objectives.
He also served as commander of Viking ROTC Battalion, U.S. Army Cadet Command at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., where he was responsible for the retention, recruiting, training and commissioning of the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
Prior to that, he served as the Operations Officer for 3rd Special Troops Battalion and Fire Support Coordinator for the 3rd Brigade (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell.
The Cumberlands Workforce Development Area is located in south-central Kentucky and serves Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne and Whitley counties. Its mission is to provide a trained and available workforce for the employers within the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area.
Where Opportunity Knox, which launched in September 2014, aims to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and careers by the end of 2017. The initiative is not a job placement service but instead is about developing a pipeline of transitioning veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work.