Brian Patterson is an expert in combat operations and provides PEMDAS programming and engineering support. Mr. Patterson holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a M.A. and B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a decorated combat fighter pilot and was awarded a weather badge from the AF Director of Weather.
Brian served as Vice Commander, 140th Fighter Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, leading over 1500 personnel in five separate military commands. His 25 years of military experience includes 9 tours in Southwest Asia where he received the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.
While deployed as the Deputy Operations Group commander at Balad Air Base, Iraq, Brian served as the Air Force’s senior member of the Joint Defense Operations Center in charge of the safety of over 28,000 U.S. military, civilian, and foreign nationals. He integrated all sensors and weather equipment for an operational plan to prioritize air and ground based assets and deploy security forces to defend the base in poor weather conditions.
Brian’s knowledge of weather observing and forecasting capabilities and techniques were instrumental in developing flow plans for all air assets providing air defense for forces throughout Iraq. As Supervisor of Flying for air operations, Brian has been responsible for thousands of airborne assets, with experience in all theaters including CENTAF, SOUTHCOM, PACAF, USAFE, NORAD and AFRICOM.