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COL (Ret.) Jerry Van Patten (2004)

COL (Retired) Jerry Van Patten was a technically competent, tactically proficient and caring commander. He was a Soldierís Soldier. His boundless energy, heartfelt compassion and trainerís mentality set him apart from other commanders, and his Soldiers loved him for it.  As battalion commander of the 82nd Signal Battalion, he was responsible for 520 paratroopers and their families and through his superb leadership they deployed in support of Uphold Democracy, providing critical command and control.  He later served as commandant of the Regimental Officer Academy and the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Signal Command.  As part of the core nucleus that reactivated the 93rd Signal Brigade, Van Pattenís expertise and enthusiasm ensured that the brigade provided cohesive, rapidly deployable and robust communications capability for Cincsouth.  In short, he made the multi-compo concept work.  He culminated his stellar career as the deputy C6 for Coalition Forces Land Component Command, third Army where he was the focal point for planning, organizing and executing the largest, most complex wartime communications network in history. His personal efforts ensured a level of information superiority never before achieved.  Throughout his career, he sought and delivered on the most demanding missions the Army presented.

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