Major General Gary S. Patton [U.S. Army, Retired]
Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs
Gary S. Patton retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Major General in September 2014 following a 35-year military career. He joined CACI International Inc. in August 2016 where he currently serves as Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs, leading the company’s veterans recruiting and community outreach programs.
Immediately following his transition from the military, he held the position of Executive Vice President of Wave Systems Corp., responsible for directing day-to-day operations for a publicly traded, microcap, software security company.
Prior to his Army retirement, he served in two key senior executive positions on the staff of the Secretary of Defense. As Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), he served as the DoD’s single point of accountability and oversight for sexual assault policy and programs. As Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of DoD’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as the development and implementation of DoD policy on recruiting, compensation, training, diversity, and employee relations for two million active duty service members.
Notably, Major General Patton’s military career included command at multiple levels and 45 months of combat duty in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), highlighted by the following command and senior-level staff assignments: Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for training, manning, and equipping the Afghan National Army during a critical growth period of OEF; Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Wash. D.C., with responsibility as the J1, Director for Manpower and Personnel for global force management responsive to the nation’s war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, and later in Ramadi, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his brigade played a key role in the Battle of Fallujah and the first Iraqi democratic elections in 2004-2005; Chief of Staff, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI, and later in Tikrit, Iraq, where the division task force played a key role in the 2006-2007 U.S. troop surge of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he also holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart and Afghanistan’s National Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal. He has been married for over 33 years to the former Chong Suk Lim. Together they have raised three children and reside in Fairfax, VA.