8th MCPOCG, USCG (Ret.)
Vincent W. Patton
Dr. Vince Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 until his retirement from more than 30 years of active service in November 2002. His illustrious career included staff and operational assignments throughout the country, both afloat and ashore throughout the United States along with a joint military service assignment in Cuba and Haiti. Among his numerous military awards includes the Distinguished Service Medal which is the nation’s highest military peace time recognition for performance of duty.
As the service’s top senior enlisted leader and ombudsman, he was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense, with primary focus on quality of life issues, career development, work environment and personnel matters affecting over 45,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel service wide. He routinely addressed these specific issues before appropriate Senate and House committees in Congress, and the Commander in Chief, along with his senior enlisted counterparts of the other four armed services.
Dr. Patton received his doctorate of education degree from The American University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Loyola University at Chicago, a B.S. in social work from Shaw College and a B.A. in communication from Pacific College. His extensive military education includes the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy.
After his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, he was an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley teaching ‘Philosophy of Ethics,’ for two years, and was also a seminary student, at Graduate Theological Union, earning his Master of Theology in Applied Religious Studies and becoming an ordained minister. Soon after, he spent seven years with Military Advantage, a division of Monster Worldwide and the world’s largest military membership organization known as ‘Military.com,’ in the capacity as Director of Government Partnership & Alliances.
Currently, he is Executive Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation, headquartered in Fairfax, VA. In this position he is responsible for oversight of managing a $3 million scholarship and academic incentives programs established for students and teachers focused in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
In addition, he is actively involved with a number of other public service and nonprofit organizations including the Coast Guard Foundation, National Coast Guard Museum, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Northeast Maritime Institute. He is also an ordained minister and trained volunteer critical stress debriefing chaplain with the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry Team.