Pat was born into a military family at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was raised as a typical “Army brat” and traveled with his family throughout the US, in Canada, and to Europe. In 1968, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and joined the Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant.
After a tour of duty in Vietnam, serving as an infantry and reconnaissance platoon leader (69-70’), he commanded a mechanized infantry company at Ft. Carson CO (70-71’), then commanded an infantry training battalion at Ft. Benning GA (84-86’). Along the way, he earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research and Systems Engineering from the US Navy Post-Graduate School, Monterey, CA. Subsequent assignments offered the opportunity to apply this education to a variety of challenging problems in the areas of combat readiness, human resources, and weapons development.
In 1987, Pat returned to West Point, serving as the director of strategic planning and decision-support. In this capacity, he helped design the Cadet Leader Development System and the methodology for assessing the value of the Academy to the Army and the nation. He graduated from the Army War College in 1989 and retired after 30 years of service in 1998. While on active duty his decorations included the: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Defense and Army (4) Meritorious Service Medals, Bronze Star (1V, 3), Air Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart.
For the next 6 years, he served as the director of an applied-research and studies partnership established between the Army Acquisition Community and the Academy. Projects were characterized by interdisciplinary teams consisting of military and civilian faculty and cadets. During his stewardship the partnership grew significantly, embracing each of the Armed Services, the Department of Defense, industry, and several academic institutions.
Since August 2004 Pat has focused on supporting the purpose and mission of the Center for Leadership and Ethics: To develop character in people and institutions, building a foundation of trust, through education and teamwork, in pursuit of life’s goals.