Col. Patrick Byron, U.S. Marine Corps, is the Executive Officer for Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific. He assumed this position in August 2016.
Col Byron is from Woodbridge Virginia and a graduate of Providence College with a BA in Philosophy. Upon graduation in 1989, he was commissioned through the Platoon Leader’s Class Program. After graduation from the Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico VA, he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and deployed with 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) in support of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM, and OPERATION SEA ANGEL in Bangladesh. In 1991 he deployed to Okinawa again with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines as Executive Officer, Company E. Upon his return from Okinawa he was transferred to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed to Somalia in 1993 with 11th MEU in support of OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. After promotion to Captain in 1994 he was transferred to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA and served as Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Leaders Course, Commanding Officer of the LAV School, and Commanding Officer, Company A, Infantry Training Battalion.
In 1997 he attended the Command and Control Systems Course at Quantico VA. Following graduation he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton in June 1998. After completing a WESTPAC deployment with 11th MEU he was promoted to Major and transferred to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines to serve as Operations Officer, where he completed another WESTPAC deployment with 11th MEU. Upon return from deployment in September 2001, Maj Byron was assigned to Plans Policy and Operations (PP&O) HQMC as the Infantry Occupational Field Sponsor. In 2004 he was selected to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) at Quantico VA. In 2005 he was promoted to LtCol and assigned to MARFORPAC G-3 as a Future Operations Planner from 2005 until 2007.
From 2007 to 2008 LtCol Byron led an Embedded Training Team serving as a Battalion Advisor to the Afghan National Army during combat operations in Nuristan and Kunar Provinces, in Eastern Afghanistan. Upon his return he served again with MARFORPAC G-3 until He was then transferred on short notice to serve as Executive Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment. From 2008 to 2009 LtCol Byron was deployed to Southern Afghanistan as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Afghanistan and later Regimental Combat Team-3. During this period he participated in combat operations in Helmand Province during OPERATION KANJARI and the initial entry of Marine Forces into the Helmand River Valley. In January 2010 he was promoted to Colonel and assigned to HQUSPACOM J35 as Deputy Chief Future Operations from August 2010 to June 2013. In June 2013 Col Byron was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and served until transferred to 5th Fleet in June 2015.
Col Byron holds a Masters degree in Operational Studies from the Marine Corps University. His personal awards include The Defense Superior Service Medal with oak cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is married and has one daughter, who is 13 years old.
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