Capt. Chris Patterson Takes Command of 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Written by Spc. Chris Gardner

128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Published August 30, 2005

       

Capt. Chris Patterson, new commander of the 128th, receives the unit colors from Col. Linda Higgins, commander of 97th Troop Command.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Capt. Chris Patterson, new commander of the 128th receives the unit colors from Col. Linda Higgins, commander of 97th Troop Command.

DRAPER, Utah — A change-of-command ceremony took place for the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Aug. 27 at Utah National Guard Draper Headquarters.

Maj. Hank McIntire thanked his Soldiers before relinquishing command to Capt. Chris Patterson.

“Any measure of success I’ve had as commander is because of the Soldiers,” McIntire said. “They stepped up, stood up and came through every time.”

McIntire has commanded the 128th since December 2002. During that time the unit has trained in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Germany, and throughout the United States.

Most recently the unit returned in April after completing a one-year deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In Guantanamo the unit produced radio, video and print news stories, escorted national and international media, and redesigned the Joint Task Force Guantanamo official logo, newspaper letterhead, and web site.

“Maj. McIntire has done a great service to this unit. He is a role model, leader and a genuine friend to all,” said Spc. Jody Metzger, photojournalist for the 128th.

McIntire’s new assignment as the state public affairs officer will keep him close to the unit, and he said he’ll never forget his Soldiers.

Capt. Chris Patterson, right, addresses the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment for the first time as commander Aug. 27.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Capt. Chris Patterson, right, addresses the 128th Mobile Public

 Affairs Detachment for the first time as commander Aug. 27.

At the ceremony, Patterson assumed command of 20 Soldiers. The 128th is a split-state unit with 10 Soldiers assigned from the Utah National Guard and 10 from the Colorado National Guard.

With 16 years in the Guard, Patterson was previously a Portuguese linguist. His civilian employment is with Zija, a liquid dietary supplement company based in Lindon, where he works as an attorney.

Deployed to Iraq for one year with the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Patterson was in charge of an 18-Soldier mobile exploitation team.

Patterson is used to smaller groups and says he will enjoy working closely with his Soldiers. “It’s a privilege to have this opportunity,” he said.

 

 

Soldiers of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in formation where Capt. Chris Patterson assumed command at ceremony held at the Utah National Guard's Draper headquarters Aug. 27.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Soldiers of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in formation

 where Capt. Chris Patterson assumed command at ceremony held at the

Utah National Guard's Draper headquarters Aug. 27.

Maj. Hank McIntire, right, outgoing commander of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, takes the formation from 1st Sgt. Roger Jensen for the last time Aug. 27.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Maj. Hank McIntire, right, outgoing commander of the

128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, takes the formation from 1st Sgt. Roger Jensen for the last time Aug. 27.