enlisted in the Navy in February 1970.
After recruit training in Great Lakes . IL, he Attended
Storekeeper “A” school in San Diego Ca and was assigned to the
Naval Security Group, Galeta Island, Canal Zone.
Leaving Panama in 1974, His next assignment was in USS
Piedmont AD-17 forward deployed
in Naples Italy. Transferred
to the Naval Supply Center in Charleston, SC SK1 Petrichko served as
the Fleet Services Officer to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Returning to the fleet in 1977, SKC Petrichko served in USS
Dewey (DDG –45) as both the Leading Storekeeper and Chief Master
at Arms. A change of
orders in 1980 found SKC(SW) Petrichko assigned to the USS Woodrow
Wilson (SSBN-624B) as the leading SK and a qualified Diving Officer.
In 1983 SKC (SS, SW) Petrichko was selected for the Navy
Supply Corps Limited Duty Officer program.
Ensign Petrichko was ordered to the Navy Supply Corps School
in Athens, GA and a follow on assignment to the USS Carl
Vinson (CVN-70). Christmas
1985 found LTjg Petrichko serving as the Supply Services Officer at
the Naval Station, Panama Canal.
The successful completion of Operation Just Cause found LT
Petrichko assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing , Marine
Corps Air Station, AZ were he served as the Station Supply Officer.
His final assignment in the Navy was in USS Constellation
(CV-64) beginning in 1992.
LT Petrichko retired from the Navy in 1994.
As a Naval Science Instructor, In 1994 Lt Petrichko opened
the NJROTC Unit at BMC Durfee High school in Fall River, Ma.
The Unit was recognized as a Chief of Naval Education
Training outstanding Unit for the school year 96/97 and was
designated a Navy Honor Unit during school year 97/98. Moving to Apache
Junction, AZ in July of
2000, Lt Petrichko lead the Unit to a number of top ten finishes in
the various extra curricular programs associated with the NJROTC
Unit here. Notably,
The National High School Drill team Championships in Daytona Beach,
Fl, and the
Civilian Marksmanship Program in Atlanta, Ga along with other
competitions in Nevada and New Mexico. The Unit was designated a
Navy Honor Unit for the period 2001 through 2003. In 2003, Lt
Petrichko moved again to Eudora, AR.
Due to school consolidation, Closed the NJROTC Unit at Eudora
in 2006. During the
2006/07 school year LT Petrichko was the senior instructor at Valley
Traditional high school in Louisville, KY and that Unit earned the
Navy Distinguished Unit award for the school year. From
2007 until 2013 LT Petrichko has been the senior instructor at the
NJROTC Unit in Crossett. AR. In
2007 the Unit was rated 52 of 54 units in NJROTC Area 8.
Now the Unit is rated 12 of 52 units and second in the state
Lieutenant Petrichko currently holds a Masters degree in
Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and is
licensed to teach NJROTC
in MA, AZ,KY and AR . Is
a member of the local teachers association and a member District
Personnel Policy Committee.
His military awards include the Navy Commendation
Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit
commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit ribbon with operational
“O”, Meritorious Unit Citation with bronze star , Good Conduct
with 3 bronze stars, Marine Corps Expeditionary Ribbon, Sea Service
ribbon with one Silver star and one Bronze star, Overseas Service
ribbon with two bronze stars and Expert Pistol medal.
His qualifications include Surface Warfare Officer, Aviation
Supply Officer, Enlisted Submarine, Enlisted Surface Warfare and
Submarine Deterrent Patrol.
Lieutenant Petrichko is married to the former La Nora Warnock
of Coos Bay, OR .