As the director of Army Instruction for the District’s JROTC program, Colonel George S. Pettigrew lives up to the mission of motivating young people to become better citizens.
The 41-year United States Army veteran grew up in the foster care system in Chicago and accredits many in his past to motivate him. “I would not be where I am now had it not been for my teachers, counselors and principals in school. They embraced me and gave me support and guidance and now I’m able to do the same thing for students around the District,” stated Pettigrew.
In 2009, after a host of tours and travels that took him across the globe, he received a call from his mentor while in Iraq who convinced him to come to Detroit to teach students what he had learned in the Army. He served as a senior Army Instructor at Cass Tech for five years before he transitioned to the director of Army Instruction.
Currently he acts as an administrator, taking care of day-to-day responsibilities including accountability of instructors, developing curriculum for instructors and ensuring the JROTC program meets requirements for accreditation.
Not many would disagree that his years of service and dedication to our country has been duty enough, but Pettigrew insists on doing more. He credits a strong spiritual background and finally being placed with a nice foster family to grow up with who endeared him to want to do the best he can for his fellow man.
He recently established a foundation with the goal of helping youth adapt in society and assume their place in the global economy as well as assisting veterans develop skill trades and providing housing for homeless veterans.
Colonel Pettigrew, we salute you as exceptional talent to our students and society.