John C. Patterson
CDR John “JP” Patterson was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. CDR Patterson began his Naval Aviation career completing Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, FL in May of 1998. He then started pilot training in VT-28 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX where he selected jets and proceeded to VT-9 at NAS Meridian MS. He completed pilot training with VT-22 at NAS Kingsville, TX and received his wings of gold in August of 2000 after carrier qualifying in the T-45 Goshawk on the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). After flight school CDR Patterson reported to VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA to begin fleet training in the EA-6B Prowler where he graduated a fleet aviator in October 2001.
CDR Patterson’s first fleet assignment was with VAQ-139 Cougars in Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN (CVW-14). While serving with the Cougars he completed two cruises, the first on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDON and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. A year later the second deployment began on the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). CDR Patterson served as the Aircraft Branch Officer, NATOPS Officer, Line Division Officer, Personnel Officer, Admin Officer and Senior Landing Signal Officer (LSO). In 2004 he was awarded the CVWP “Seadog Fodor” Memorial Award for leadership, loyalty, and dedication to duty and camaraderie.
After serving over three years with VAQ-139, CDR Patterson was selected and completed the Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI) course in 2005. He then reported to the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center (NSAWC). At NSAWC CDR Patterson flew the F/A-18A-D Hornet and was also the first VAQ pilot to attend and complete the TOPGUN Adversary class in 2007. While at NSAWC he served as an Electronic Attack Instructor, Prowler survivability SME, Air Wing Coordinator, and Assistant Operations Officer.
CDR Patterson returned to the fleet in December 2008 for his department head tour with VAQ-141 Shadowhawks in Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8). While with the Shadowhawks he completed combat cruises with CVW-8 on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), in the EA-6B Prowler, and the maiden voyage of the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) in the new EA-18G Growler supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN. The Shadowhawks were the first squadron to take the EA-18G Growler out as part of a Carrier Air Wing deployment. While assigned to the Shadowhawks he served as the Tactics Officer, Safety Officer, Admin Officer, and Operations Officer.
Following his tour with VAQ-141 CDR Patterson reported to Aviation Training Evaluation Group (AVTEG) under the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Fort Bragg, NC in October 2011. Assigned to the Fires Shop as the Airborne Electronic Attack SME, he worked with various specialized task forces integrating tactical development and training between special operating forces and conventional air forces. In March of 2014 CDR Patterson reported to VAQ-129 Vikings to re-qualify in the EA-18G and then ultimately joined VAQ-142 Gray Wolves as Executive Officer on October 1st 2014.
CDR Patterson’s personal decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat V, Strike Flight Air Medal (3), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3, 1 with Combat V) and Navy Achievement Medal. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their undying support during his naval career.