Captain Fitzpatrick is a native of Washington. He graduated from High School, enlisting in the US Navy in 1987 as an Electronic Warfare Technician.
As an Electronic Warfare Technician, he served at sea in USS GRIDLEY (CG-21), Fleet Tactical Deception Group Pacific, and USNS KILAUEA (T-AE-26). He deployed in support of OPERATIONS EARNEST WILL and DESERT STORM. In 1989 he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He selected into the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1994 graduating from Oregon State University Cum Laude in 1996, and was commissioned.
Captain Fitzpatrick’s first officer assignment at sea was as a Plankowner in USS MAHAN (DDG-72) serving as Electrical, Auxiliaries, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Combat Information Center Officer. He selected for the Early Roller Program and began Department Head School after deploying in MAHAN on her maiden Mediterranean deployment.
In January 2002, CAPTAIN Fitzpatrick reported to USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81) where he served as Operations Officer until Nov 2003, deploying in support of combat operations and Tomahawk strikes for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Subsequently, he reported as Operations and Plans Officer on the staff at Destroyer Squadron TWO serving until Aug 2005, deploying to European Command supporting coalition operations.
Shore assignments include Flag Aide to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; US Marine Corps Command and Staff College; Joint Forces Staff College; and Joint Warfare Analysis Center. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan supporting OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He holds a masters in Military Studies and qualified as a Joint Service Officer.
Captain Fitzpatrick assumed the duties as Executive Officer of USS STOUT (DDG-55) in Aug 2012 and deployed on a European Command Ballistic Missile Defense deployment from Aug 2013 until Apr 2014. Captain Fitzpatrick assumed command of STOUT May 2, 2014 until Oct 28, 2015. While in command, STOUT executed a $31M docking availability, Basic Phase Training, opposition force duties for two certifying carrier strike groups, and nationally tasked contingency operations.
Captain Fitzpatrick's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Good Conduct Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
Captain Fitzpatrick recently completed a second joint tour at the Missile Defense Agency, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense as Chief of Staff and previously serving as Director, Warfighter Strategic Integration.