Chaplain (Lt.Col.) Bobby R. Patton Jr., is the Command Chaplain for the District of Columbia National Guard. As a member of the special staff of the Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard, he establishes guidance and provides advice on all matters pertaining to the religious and moral welfare of Army and Air Force personnel. He is responsible for establishing effective programs to meet the religious needs of D.C. National Guardsmen and their dependents. As Command Chaplain, he is the senior pastor for more than 2,700 Soldiers and Airmen serving in the District of Columbia National Guard.
A native of Savannah, Ga. he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry through the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Program in June of 1984. Chaplain Patton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State College, Savannah, Ga. and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Va.
Chaplain Patton held various leadership positions from rifle platoon leader to company commander and various battalion and brigade staff positions from March of 1985 to July of 1993.After leaving active duty in July of 1993 Chaplain Patton returned to Savannah, Ga. and became involved in various local ministries to include the role of Youth Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church. In May of 1998, Chaplain Patton moved to Little Rock, Ark. joining Family Life, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, to serve as a marriage conference planner and later operations manager for one day arena events. Chaplain Patton transitioned to the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade in 2006 and relocated to Fort Huachuca, Ariz. In 2008, he moved to Military Ministry Headquarters in Newport News, Va. to support Yellow Ribbon events for the Army and Army Reserve. After returning to the Army in 2009 as an Army National Guard Chaplain, he was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq in 2011. In 2013, he was assigned to Joint Task Force Civil Support serving as the Command Chaplain. Chaplain Patton became a Capital Guardian in 2014 serving as the 74th Troop Command Chaplain and in 2016 transitioned to the Deputy Joint Force Headquarters Chaplain.
Chaplain Patton is a graduate of the Infantry Office Basic and Advance Course, the Junior Officer Maintenance Course, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commanders Course, Command Staff Services School, the Chaplain Basic and Career Course, the Chaplain Operational Strategic Leader Course, the Initial Strategic Leaders Course and the Command and General Staff College.
Chaplain Patton’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters,, Joint Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with star device, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror medal, Reserve Mobilization Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Basic Parachutist Badge.