Col Christopher D. Patton
Colonel Christopher Patton grew up in St. Louis, MO. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1992 after graduating from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Upon completion of TBS and the Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, he reported to 1stBn, 12th Marines where he served as a Forward Observer, Artillery Liaison Officer, Platoon Commander and Executive Officer. During this tour he deployed to Okinawa, Japan as a part of the Unit Deployment Program. At the end of this tour he was selected to attend Naval Aviator training by the Fleet Accession Board. In 1995 First Lieutenant Patton reported to NAS Pensacola and earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1997.
In 1998, Captain Patton reported to HMLA-269 aboard MCAS New River for duty as an AH-1W Cobra pilot. He served in the Operations Department, as well as serving as the Flight Line Division OIC and Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor. During that tour Capt Patton deployed with the 22nd MEU (SOC) in 2001 and also deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2003 where he flew over 100 combat missions. Additionally he participated in Presidential security operations in Jordan and a non-combatant evacuation operation in Liberia.
In 2003 Major Patton reported to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 (VMU-2) for duty as Operations Officer and Executive Officer. During this tour, he deployed to Iraq two more times in support of OIF. Following this tour Major Patton returned to HMLA-269 where he was assigned as the H-1 Detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) as a part of HMM-365(Rein) and the 24th MEU (SOC). During this deployment he participated in a non-combatant evacuation operation in Beirut, Lebanon.
Major Patton departed the Fleet Marine Force in 2007 and reported to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Requirements Officer. In 2008 he moved to HQMC Aviation where he served in APW as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Cell Leader.
In 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Patton was selected to be the first Commanding Officer of HMLA-469 “Vengeance” in Camp Pendleton, CA. During that tour he activated the squadron and built it to a combat ready unit that provided multiple detachments in support of the 31st MEU. Following command, Lieutenant Colonel Patton attended the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, VA. After War College he was assigned to the Joint Staff J8 as the UAS Action Officer in the Force Application Division. Following the Joint Staff Lieutenant Colonel Patton reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation Department to serve as the Aviation Expeditionary Enablers Deputy Branch Head and UAS Cell Leader.
In June 2016, Colonel Patton assumed his present duties as the Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 24.
Colonel Patton is married to Mrs. Tami Patton and they have three children. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, two Individual Action Air Medals with V and strike/flight numeral 6, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with silver star. Colonel Patton has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Strategic Studies and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.