On 22 June 2012, Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Frank M. Patton became the fourth Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC). As the CCWO, he represents and advises the Commanding General, MIRC, on matters pertaining to training and education, career management, leader development and warrior transition issues for warrant officers within the MIRC. He is also responsible for coordinating policy and statutory changes to support the advancement of initiatives for Military Intelligence Warrant Officers.
CW5 Patton joined the Active Army as a Private on 10 January 1979 as a Military Intelligence (MI) Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Analyst. During more than 33 years of active and reserve service, he has served in several foreign countries and numerous locations in the United States. He initially served on active duty for over eight years including two tours in Germany where he worked as a Senior Analyst at a strategic intelligence site. CW5 Patton was appointed as an Army Reserve Warrant Officer on 3 August 1989 and entered into the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program in May 1990. During his 22 years in the AGR program, CW5 Patton has served at every echelon from Company to 3-Star headquarters. In 2003 as a member of the United States Army Reserve Command’s G-2 staff, he was instrumental in the creation of the MIRC, which became the template for functionalizing the Army Reserve. In December 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan as a member of a Joint Special Operations Task Force supporting OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. His previous assignments include the 3rd Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, Field Station Augsburg, Germany; 1st MI Battalion (CEWI), 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS; Operations Battalion, Field Station Berlin, West Berlin; 339th MI Company (ASA), Charlotte, NC; 337th MI Battalion (CEWI), Atlanta, GA; 335th MI Company (CEWI), Louisville, KY; 138th MI Company (Aerial Exploitation), Orlando, FL; 345th MI Battalion (TSB), Atlanta, GA; Southeast Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center (ARISC), Fort Gillem, GA; United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA; Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Gillem, GA; 301st MI Battalion (TSB), Phoenix, AZ; and Det-1, Western ARISC, Phoenix, AZ. He most recently served as the Chief of Resource Management, G-3/5/7, for the MIRC at Fort Belvoir, VA.
CW5 Patton is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute for Polish, the Joint Cryptanalysis Course, the Weapons Intelligence Course, the Warrant Officer Basic, Advanced, Staff and Senior Staff Courses as well as a graduate of numerous other technical courses.
CW5 Patton’s military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and M device, and the Army Aircraft Crewman Badge.