Major Patrick “Pat” Ripton is the Charleston District Deputy Commander.
Ripton most recently served at Fort Knox, KY as the Executive Officer for the 1-409th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East. Part of his duties included Observer, Coach, and Trainer mentorship responsibilities for over 150 Army Reserve organizations, including six brigade-level commands. Over the last 14-plus years, he has served in a variety of leadership positions and units in the Army to include the 84th Engineer Battalion, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, and the TRADOC Initial Military Training Leadership School.
Ripton lived and worked in Japan for five years from 2001-2006, in Okinawa and Shiga Prefectures, as a member of the Japan Exchange Teaching Program, and followed as a researcher for the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco, from 2007-2008, focusing on issues of international infrastructure, military, and agriculture. From 2013-2014 he worked developing engineer civil work projects supporting combined military exercises across the Pacific as a member of the U.S. Army Pacific Command.
Ripton’s education includes a bachelor's from the University of Rochester, a master's in engineering management from Missouri University of Science & Technology, and a Master’s in Operational Studies from the Army Command and General Staff Officer Course. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, National Service Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Basic Instructor Badge.
Ripton is originally from Rochester, New York.