Vincent W. Patton III
|Vincent W. Patton III|
MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton III
|Born||1954 (age 58–59)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1972—2002|
|Rank||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
|Awards||Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
2 Meritorious Service Medals
3 Coast Guard Commendation Medals
3 Coast Guard Achievement Medals
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon
8 Meritorious Team awards
9 Coast Guard Good Conduct awards.
Career overview 
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Patton retired from the U.S. Coast Guard 1 November 2002, after serving 30 years of active duty. He became the first African American selected as the service's senior-most enlisted ranking position as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in 1998. His career included staff and operational assignments both afloat and ashore throughout the United States, and a joint military service assignment in Cuba and Haiti.
Job description and accomplishments 
Patton served as the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 to October 2002. As the service's top senior enlisted leader and ombudsman, he was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense, with primary focus on quality of life issues, career development, work environment and personnel matters affecting over 40,000 active duty, reserve enlisted, and civilian personnel servicewide. He routinely addressed these specific issues before appropriate United States Senate and House committees in the United States Congress, as well as with the Commander-in-Chief, along with his senior enlisted counterparts of the other four military services.
His numerous military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon, eight Meritorious Team awards and nine Coast Guard Good Conduct awards. He also earned the Cutterman Insignia (sea duty recognition) and is one of a few Coast Guardsmen to have earned the coveted "Parachutist Wings" specialty badge during his assignment with Joint Task Force 160.
A 1972 graduate of Cass Technical High School, Patton became an Eagle Scout and was also a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) JAMES M. HANNAN division during his high school years. All of Patton's initial college education through doctorate degree was earned while on active duty. He received his Doctor of Education degree in 1984 from the American University, Washington, DC. His dissertation was based on the development and implementation of the Coast Guard Enlisted Evaluation System. He has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago; a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Shaw College at Detroit, Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California.
His extensive military education includes U. S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
After retirement 
After his military retirement, Patton completed a Master of Theology degree in Applied Religious Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In addition, he was an adjunct professor teaching 'Philosophy of Ethics' at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2003, he has performed summer missionary work with the International Rescue Committee in Haiti, and worked as an executive director for the non-profit Halley's Comet Foundation, teaching "at-risk" teenagers seamanship and sailing skills. He served as a volunteer tour advisor and chaplain for the USO, participating in the "Operation Handshake" program to visit U.S. military personnel during the 2004 Thanksgiving holiday in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in the 2003 holiday season with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia involved with Operations "Iraqi Freedom" and "Enduring Freedom." From 2004-2011, he was Director of Government Partnerships & Alliances for Military Advantage, also known as "Military.com," the largest website devoted to the military community covering benefits, information and transition.
Presently, Patton is Vice President for Homeland Security Programs with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International. In addition, Patton is co-chair of the National Coast Guard Retiree Council. He holds board memberships with the Defense Intelligence Agency's National Intelligence University, Coast Guard Foundation, and the U.S. Naval Institute. He also volunteers as a critical incident stress-debriefing counselor for the Association of Professional Chaplains; is a response team member with the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry Team, as well as serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Committee on Military Ministry.
Personal life 
Patton resides in Alexandria, Virginia and has two adult children (daughter and son). His son is a U.S. Army veteran (82nd Airborne Division).
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