64th CSG Change of Responsibility
Story by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office
The 64th Corps Support Group of the 13th Corps Support Command underwent a change of responsibility during a ceremony held on the 13th COSCOM guidon field here July 19.
The outgoing command sergeant major is Command Sgt. Maj. Donald L. Harris, bronze star recipient with nearly 30 years of Army service.
Incoming is Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Patterson, who holds the bronze star with one oak leaf cluster and has more than 20 years of Army service.
Patterson is no stranger to leadership or the COSCOM. Most recently, he served as command sergeant major for the COSCOM's Special Troops Battalion.
Another leadership position Patterson has filled is first sergeant of the 536th Maintenance Company.
A native of Cumberland, Va., Patterson entered the Army in September of 1982 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He completed his initial entry training with Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.
Patterson holds an associate's degree in applied science from Austin Peay State University and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Parks University.
Aside from the Bronze Star, Patterson has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award) and an Air Assault Badge.
The 64th CSG's new command sergeant major delivered his first speech as CSM to the Soldiers of the 64th during the change of responsibility ceremony Tuesday. Photo by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge.
The 64th CSG colorguard stands at attention during the change of responsibility ceremony Tuesday. Photo by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge.