• Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding 2nd Battalion South Carolina State Guard
• Lieutenant Royal Navy RTD
• Director of Military and Veteran’s Affairs
Richard Patton has spent his whole life within the realms of the Military. His Father served in the British Army for just over 20 years. During this time, Richard joined the Royal Navy as a Medic and during his career path served on numerous warships, shore bases, helicopter squadrons and Naval Hospitals.
He retired at the Rank of Lieutenant in 2007 having seen active service during Operation Corporate in 1982 (Falkland Islands), Operation Provide Comfort (Northern Turkey and Iraq) in 1990 and in the Former Yugoslavia in 1993 with the United Nations.
In 2007 he emigrated to the United States, where he married Tracie. They have two children and live in South Carolina.
Richard’s career as a caring professional within the Armed Forces Healthcare arena, has provided many situations in peacetime and combat where his skills, not only as a Medic have been utilized, but also his caring and compassionate nature has been used to the full. In Northern Iraq he worked with the United Nations assisting with refugee care. In Bosnia, he again worked with the United Nations as an aeromedical evacuation medic, a skill also used when posted as a Medic in Norway.
When based at the Naval Hospital he volunteered to work extra-curricular duties as an almanar for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, helping fellow service personnel in times of need. Later his duties also included caring for long term sick military personnel, attending to theirs and their family’s welfare needs.
Since joining the South Carolina State Guard and taking over command of the Highland Battalion, he and other members of his Battalion have been involved in humanitarian relief missions each year, for the past 4 years.
As an Honor Guard Officer, Richard participates in service funerals, color guard ceremonies, Gold and Blue Star Family Functions and Veterans events.