41st Fires Brigade Commander
Colonel Patrick Gaydon
Colonel Gaydon, from Muncy, Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Assigned initially to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery at Fort Lewis, Washington, he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and Battalion Maintenance Officer. At Fort Lewis, he was further assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry as a Company Fire Support Officer, and he also deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Platoon Leader in support of Operation Sea Signal. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Advance Course in 1999, Colonel Gaydon reported to the 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. There, he served as the Brigade Adjutant and later commanded Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. In 2002, Colonel Gaydon was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (Field Artillery), 362nd Regiment (Training Support) at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Battery Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College in 2005, COL Gaydon was assigned to the Republic of Korea where he served as the Deputy Chief of Plans in the CJ-33 of Combined Force Command and United States Forces Korea. In 2006, Colonel Gaydon returned to Fort Lewis, Washington and served as the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for I Corps. In 2007, he was reassigned as Battalion Executive Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery. In 2009, he assumed command of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Provisional) in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and deployed the battalion to Afghanistan as part of Regional Command South. Upon redeployment in 2010, he assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2012, he served as Chief of Fires for 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 2014, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Airborne and Air Assault Badges.