Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Peter J. Gravett to his Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs on April 29, 2011.
Gravett is a retired Major General with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968. During his career he served in numerous regions of the world including Asia, Central America, Western Europe and Central Europe where he was assigned as a Senior NATO Military Representative in Kiev, Ukraine with the Partnership for Peace Program. He was also stationed at various installations in the U.S. including duty at the Pentagon.
His military career culminated in 2002 while serving as Commanding General of the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized). When he was promoted to the ranks of Major General and assigned to this position with the 40th ID in 1999 he became the first African American Army National Guard Division Commander in the 225 year history of the Army National Guard in the United States.
Gravett is also retired from the Los Angeles Police Department having served there for more than 20 years while simultaneously serving in the Army National Guard. During his law enforcement career, he was awarded the LAPD’s highest award, the Medal of Valor.
His military education includes graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College and numerous other professional development courses. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Long Beach, a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California and Executive Diploma’s from the University of Virginia and the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He has been presented with more than 20 awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Prior to his appointment as Department Secretary he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Traiden Global Solutions, a homeland security and emergency preparedness consulting firm.
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