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Gen. Vincent Patton, III

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Master Chief Petty Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Zealand
Favorite Quote:
It is all good.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Master Chief Petty Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
April
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Zealand
Favorite Quote:
It is all good.

Birthplace

Born:
11/21/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Master chief petty officer Vincent Patton III was born on November 21, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. Patton attended Cass Technical High School where he became an Eagle Scout and joined U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) James M. Hannan Division before graduating in 1972. Patton earned all of his college education while on active duty. He received his B.A. degree in communications from Pacific College Angwin, California in 1976 and his B.S. degree in social work from Shaw College in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Loyola University in 1979 with his M.A. degree in counseling psychology, Patton earned his doctorate in education degree from American University in Washington, D.C.in 1984. Patton’s advanced military education includes the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (with distinction), and the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

In 1973, Patton graduated from U.S. Coast Guard Radioman (communications) School and was assigned duty on board the USCGC DALLAS at Governors Island, New York. He also served as a radioman at the Coast Guard Group and Air Station in Detroit, Michigan and as a recruiter at the Coast Guard Recruiting Office, Chicago. In 1979, Patton changed his occupational rating from radioman to yeoman (personnel) and was assigned to the Ninth Coast Guard District Office in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended American University as the first enlisted member selected for graduate school where he earned his doctorate degree and wrote his dissertation on developing the Coast Guard Enlisted Performance Evaluation Program. After graduate school he served onboard USCGC BOUTWELL homeported at Seattle, Washington and later returned to Coast Guard Headquarters to become the first Coast Guard enlisted training manager. Following this assignment, Patton became the Command Master Chief for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, based at Governors Island, New York where he was the senior enlisted advisor to Joint Task Force-160 deployed to Haiti and Guantanamo Bay Cuba during Operation Support Democracy.

Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from 1998 to 2002. He was the first African American to reach that rank in the U.S. Coast Guard. As the service’s highest ranking enlisted member, he served as the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, the U.S. Secretaries of Transportation and Defense and the Commander-in-Chief. In 2002, Patton retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after thirty years of active service. He became an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley before working for Monster Worldwide as director of Government Partnerships and Alliances. Patton was later named vice president for Homeland Security Programs at AFCEA International.

Patton’s military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal; two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, eight Meritorious Team Awards, and eight Coast Guard Good Conduct Awards. He also has earned the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Parachutist Jump Wings Badge.

8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vincent W. Patton III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 25, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vincent Patton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton talks about his mother's education and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about his father joining the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton shares his father's war stories and tells how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton talks about his father's career after the army and his oldest brother, Gregory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about his younger sister, Viola
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton discusses his younger brother, Frank
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton speaks about his older sister, Stephanie
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton speaks about his younger brother, Francis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his younger brother, Robert and his sister, Mary
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses his younger sister, Catherine and brother, David
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton describes the neighborhood he grew up in
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton discusses his elementary, junior high and high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton recalls significant teachers and mentors from his elementary and junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about being a boy scout
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about the people who influenced him in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton remembers his high school teacher, Ms. Musson and the Detroit riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about his maternal grandmother's involvement with the civil rights movement in Detroit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton recalls two incidents of police harassment he experienced in Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton remembers attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton remembers attending the March on Washington in 1963, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton describes how he worked part-time for a jazz radio station
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about notable musicians from his high school and his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses black book stores, his senior year of high school and his graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains how he joined the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton discusses his change in interest from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton explains what drew him to joining the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes his parents' response to him joining the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton describes his parents' response to him joining the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his interest in becoming master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about his interest in becoming master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses his training at radio school and his first assignment in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains how his surveillance of Soviet spy vessels in the U.S. Coast Guard led to a personal commendation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes the difficult time he had with a racist chief in the Coast Guard, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes the difficult time he had with a racist chief in the Coast Guard, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton talks about taking college courses in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton speaks about Chief Wood's apology for his racist behavior
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton discusses his assignment at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about how he obtained two degrees while in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton describes meeting African American writer, Alex Haley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton discusses the autograph he received from African American writer, Alex Haley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton discusses his recruiting duties in the U.S. Coast Guard and enrollment in graduate school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about developing an enrichment program for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton talks about being asked to revise the U.S. Coast Guard's enlisted evaluation system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton describes the U.S. Coast Guard's enlisted evaluation system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton discusses his mentors and teachers from graduate school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton talks about his family and politicians, Harold Washington and Marion Barry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton recalls the pressure he received about becoming an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about his decision to return to sea and his assignment to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton explains why his best tour of duty in the U.S. Coast Guard was on the Boutwell
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton describes going on a drug interdiction, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes going on a drug interdiction, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton talks about his training management position
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton discusses his experience at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton discusses "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and his advocacy for gays in the military
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses women and gays in the military
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton discusses his involvement with Operation Support Democracy and promotion to Command Master Chief for the Atlantic area
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton talks about being selected Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton shares highlights from his career as the 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton shares highlights from his career as the 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Vince Patton talks about the U.S. Coast Guard's assistance with clean-up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Vince Patton talks about the U.S. Coast Guard's assistance with clean-up after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton reflects on his accomplishments as 8th Master Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton discusses his teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton talks about working part-time as the executive director for Haley's Comet Foundation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton discusses Monster Worldwide, Inc.'s involvement with helping transitioning military personnel find jobs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton discusses working together with Monster Worldwide, Inc. to help transitioning military personnel find jobs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton talks about APCEA and his role as vice president of the association's Homeland Security department
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Vincent Patton discusses volunteering in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake and his community service focused ministry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Vincent Patton comments on his retirement goals and APCEA's STEM scholarships for students
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Vincent Patton shares his thoughts on running for office and reflects on his regrets
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Vincent Patton talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Vincent Patton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Vincent Patton talks about his son from his first marriage
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Vincent Patton talks about his daughter from his second marriage
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Vincent Patton talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Vincent Patton describes his photographs