Deputy Chief of Public Affairs

Deputy Chief of Public Affairs

Col. Richard Patterson (Rich) assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs on March 10, 2014. Prior to his assignment, he served as the Director of the Army Public Affairs Center at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Col. Patterson began his Army career in the Illinois National Guard as a 11B- Infantryman in the 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, Effingham, IL; and later served as a 54B-Chemical NCO for the 1st Battalion, 129th Infantry Regiment, Joliet, IL. Patterson is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Western Illinois in Macomb, IL, where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1988. During his time as an infantry officer, he served as a platoon leader, and company executive officer in 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea. After his first overseas assignment Patterson was assigned to the Training Support Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina serving as the assistant S3 operations officer and as the night range OIC for Combat Indoctrination. After graduating from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he served as the Corps G1 operations officer, XVIII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He continued his career at Fort Bragg serving as the Battalion S4 and later Company Commander in 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. Col. Patterson was then assigned to the 6th Ranger Battalion where he served as a Ranger Instructor, Assistant S3 operations officer and later Company Commander of Charlie Company, 6th Ranger Battalion, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Col. Patterson attended the Public Affairs Officer Course in 1999 in preparation for his first assignment as the Chief, Public Affairs Officer, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, United States Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Continuing his service at Fort Bragg, Col. Patterson was then assigned as the Division Public Affairs Officer, 82d Airborne Division where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. He then moved to XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg as the Deputy Corps Public Affairs Officer and later acting Chief Public Affairs, XVIII Airborne Corps. Col. Patterson’s final assignment at Fort Bragg was as the Chief, Public Affairs Officer, 1st Theater Sustainment Command where he deployed to Kuwait twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Col. Patterson was then assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the Branch Chief, FA 46 Public Affairs, Army Human Resources Command.

Patterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Public Affairs Qualification Course, and the Joint Public Affairs Course. His awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (with 4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (with 4 OLC), Ranger Tab and the Master Parachutist Badge.