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USS San Antonio (LPD-17)

Captain Michael D. Patterson

Captain Michael D. Patterson was raised in Richmond, VA, and Lexington, NC. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and earned his commission upon graduation in December 1989 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Captain Patterson was designated an unrestricted naval aviator in July 1991.

Following initial training in the SH-60B Seahawk, Patterson served at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL-42) as Det Operations Officer onboard USS HAYLER (DD-997) and Squadron NATOPS Officer. Subsequent flying tours include duties as Maintenance Officer and Instructor Pilot at HSL-40, and Det Officer-in-Charge onboard USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59) and Maintenance Officer at HSL-48. In 2005, Patterson assumed duties as Executive Officer, then Commanding Officer of the HSL-44 “Swamp Foxes”.

CAPT Patterson’s additional operational tours include an assignment as Assistant Air Officer on USS NASSAU (LHA-4) and Navigator/Senior Watch Officer onboard USS GEORGE H W BUSH (CVN-77). Ashore, CAPT Patterson earned a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations at United States Northern Command, and served as the Division Head, Training Assessments and the Director of the Expeditionary Warfare Collaborative Team at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

CAPT Patterson was named the HSL-40 Officer of the Year in 2001, and has twice received the HSL community’s Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. Patterson completed JPME Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College and is a Joint Qualified Officer.

CAPT Patterson reported to USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD-17) as Executive Officer in October, 2013, and assumed duties as the USS SAN ANTONIO's eighth Commanding officer in February, 2015.

CAPT Patterson’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (First Strike/Flight Award) and various other personal and unit awards.

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