Capt. Patterson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1989. Following recruit training and Engineman “A” school, he completed tours aboard USS Fresno (LST 1182) and USS John A. Moore (FFG 19) and with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 7. He qualified as a specialist in surface warfare. In 1996, as an engineman 1st class petty officer, Patterson reported to Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida as a Seaman-to-Admiral commissioning program selectee.
In 2001, he reported for duty under instruction to the University of San Diego, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2011.
Patterson’s initial division officer tours included strike warfare and ship’s maintenance and material officer aboard USS Hewitt (DD 966) and operations officer aboard USS Zephyr (PC 8).
As a department head, he served as engineer officer aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42) and deputy director of Engineering Assessments (Diesel), Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific. During his ATG tour, he completed an eight-month Individual Augmentation tour as the Defense Energy Support Center bulk fuel responsible officer for Tactical Petroleum Terminal Cedar II, An Nasiriyah, Iraq.
Patterson was next assigned as Commander, Task Force 33 scheduling officer at Sealift Logistics Command Pacific. He reported to USS Tortuga (LSD 46), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as executive officer in June 2012. In August 2013, USS Tortuga completed a hull swap with USS Ashland (LSD 48), where he continued as executive officer until January 2014 when he fleeted up to be Ashland’s sixteenth commanding officer. Following command, he served as executive officer and senior assessor for Engineering Assessments Pacific.
Patterson reported as commanding officer, Training Support Center San Diego in April 2019.
Patterson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various unit and campaign awards.
Last Updated: 21 December 2020