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Colonel Carolyn J. Patrick culminated her career as the Chief, United States Air Force Selection Board Secretariat, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, Texas. She earned her commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1991, after graduating with honors from San Diego State University. She initially served as a behavioral scientist and earned a Master’s degree in psychology while conducting research on pilot selection methods at Arizona State University.  She cross-trained to the personnel career field in 1997 and held multiple command positions.  Colonel Patrick has deployed in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.


1989  Associate of Arts in General Studies, Palomar Community College,  San Marcos, CA

1991  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, San Diego State Univ., San Diego, CA

1996  Master of Arts in Social Psychology, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ

1998  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2003  Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2008  Air War College, by correspondence

2013  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL


Major Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Recognition Medal with one oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal 



Feb 92 – Feb 94, Personnel Selection Psychologist, Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph AFB, TX

Feb 94 – Nov 94, Pilot Candidate Selection Method Program Manager, AETC Studies and Analysis Flight, Randolph AFB, TX

Nov 94 – Feb 97, Chief, Air Crew Research, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Feb 97 – Jul 99, Squadron Section Commander, 633rd Air Mobility Support Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan

Jul 99 – May 00, Chief, Relocation and Employment, 15th Mission Support Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan

May 00 – Apr 02, Commander, Military Personnel Flight, 99th Mission Support Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV

Sep 00 – Dec 00, Deputy Director, Manpower & Personnel, Incirlik AB, Turkey

Apr 02 – Apr 04, Chief, Inspector General Complaints and Inquiries, 99th Air Base Wing, Nellis AFB, NV

Apr 04 – Apr 05, Chief, Manpower and Organization, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Feb 05 – Jun 05, Assistant Chief of Staff Base Management, Baghdad, Iraq

Jun 05 – Jan 06, Deputy Commander, 355th Mission Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Jan 06 – Oct 06, Chief of Staff, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Oct 06 – Dec 07, Deputy Director, Operations and Support, Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, NM

Dec 07 – Jul 09, Commander, 377th Mission Support Sq, Kirtland AFB, NM

Jul 09 – Nov 10, Director, Manpower, Personnel and Training, Headquarters AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, NM

Dec 10 – Nov 11, Deputy Commander, 332nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Joint Base Balad, Iraq

Nov 11 – Jul 12, Director of Staff, Headquarters AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, NM

Jul 12 – May 13, Air War College Student, Maxwell AFB, AL

May 13 – Jun 15, Vice Commander, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Jun 15 – Present, Chief, USAF Selection Board Secretariat, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, JBSA-Randolph, TX


Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant – 21 June 1991
First Lieutenant – 18 October 1993
Captain – 18 October 1995
Major – 1 August 2002
Lieutenant Colonel – 1 July 2007
Colonel – 1 April 2013

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