A Utica native who served as deputy commander of a Navy base in Virginia died this week at age 61.
Lt. Col. John Penree, deputy commander of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 27 at age 61.
Penree was a native of Utica and served as a U.S. Army officer for more than 43 years. He began his service with the Army in 1974 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he completed his basic training and advanced individual training, where he became qualified as a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator.
Penree joined the New York State Army National Guard in 1981, then became an Ordnance Officer in 1984 after completing Officer Training School at the Empire State Military Academy. Penree then went on to join the Signal Corps in 1988 and he later rejoined active duty ranks in 1999.
Lt. Col. Penree was deployed a number of times, including in Bosnia in 2000 and 2004; Afghanistan in 2002, 2010 and 2012; and in Iraq in 2005 and 2006.
He is survived by his wife and six children.