Lieutenant Colonel Cullum J. Peni
Nickname Jerry Born June 26, 1962
Long Island, NY
Died June 21, 2009
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery Allegiance United States of America Service/branch United States Air Force Years of service 1987-2009 Rank Lieutenant Colonel Unit Air Education and Training Command Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom Awards Legion of Merit (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Aerial Achievement Medal (2)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (3)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal (2)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Lt Colonel Cullum Peni (June 26, 1962 – June 21, 2009) born Cullum James Smit, was a German-American born Man known amongst U.S. Air Force Officers for his Tour of Iraq as a Medical Supervisor. Peni was Killed In Baghdad. His Death is still under investigation.
Lieutenant Colonel Peni entered active duty in 2004. Driven to join the Air Force with his fascination with Medicine He enlisted as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 35. By 2004 He was promoted to Lt. Colonel and went on a 3 year Tour of Duty in Iraq. He was involved as a Medical staff co-ordinator for the remainder of his time and when U.S. Troops moved into Baghdad to eliminate Terrorist Forces Colonel Peni went with them as a Co-ordinator in the sky. He died from a suspicious gunshot whilst he was out on routine air patrol- presumed to have been accidental friendly fire from a sniper. Cullum was born June 26 in St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, New York) a premature birth which cause his German mother Lynn McCarran to give birth to her son via a vasectomy. His father Redsar Smit was in Brooklyn at the time renewing his Medical license, when news of his newborn son had reached him Mr Smit rushed to the Hospital to comfort and support his new son. Nothing else is known about Cullum during his childhood. Cullum was a very private person, and after hearing what Terrorists could do to Civilians back home, he took the last name of a New Zealand Military Soldier with the surname Peni and then enlisted into the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. It took awhile for Cullum to adapt to his new name but he eventually accepted that name as his own.
The exact date Cullum had his name changed is unknown.
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