|LCDR Luke J. Patterson
Lieutenant Commander Patterson is a native of York, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. He was commissioned in 1999 upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL.
Patterson completed primary flight training at Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) at Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Milton, Florida, and in 2001 he earned his wings as a Naval Aviator from Training Squadron THIRTY ONE (VT-31) at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. After initial P-3C training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), he reported for duty aboard Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to earning his designation as Patrol Plane Commander, he also served as the Command Fitness Coordinator, Communications Officer, Command Security Manager and Command Services Assistant Department Head. In 2005 he reported to Officer Training Command Pensacola (OTCP) where he served as a Class Officer and Battalion Officer-In-Charge, commissioning seven classes of new Ensigns including the final class to commission in Pensacola. His additional duties included Public Affairs Officer and Aviation Career Counselor. Due to the disestablishment of OTCP in 2007, he was temporarily assigned to the Center for Naval Leadership where he served as a facilitator for the Basic Officer Leadership Training Continuum. During this tour he also completed his Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2008 Patterson reported to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center in Norfolk, Virginia, from which he was forward deployed to the headquarters staff of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNC-I), Baghdad, Iraq. In 2009 he reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, where he served as an Aerodynamics instructor and Class Officer. In 2010 he separated from active duty and transitioned to the Navy Reserve. His first assignment was to NR COMEXSTRIKEGRU 7, St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as the Administrative Department Head and currently serves as the Executive Officer.
Patterson has made significant contributions to numerous operations and task forces. As a Liaison Officer supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom he coordinated $486 million in construction funding and $1.5 billion in security funding among three major theater commands, in addition to conducting a command-wide, congressionally-reviewed internal audit and writing the resource management appendix for the Iraq drawdown OPORD. As a Patrol Plane Co-Pilot, Pilot and Commander he supported Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN, Task Force EIGHTY FOUR, Task Force SIXTY SEVEN, Task Force FORTY SEVEN and Director, Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF) SOUTH.
Patterson is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and various other personal and unit service awards.