Meet the NSTI Officer In Charge
CAPT Dan Patterson, MSC, USN


CAPT Dan Patterson, MSC , USN was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Arlington, Texas. CAPT Patterson attended Oklahoma University from 1985 to 1989 where he received a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. CAPT Patterson received a Naval Commission through the Oklahoma University NROTC. Along with orders to Flight Training; he was awarded the CNET Distinguished Naval Graduate Award for academic achievement and given a regular commission.

CAPT Patterson graduated the US Naval Maritime Flight Training Program and was designated a Naval Aviator on October 10, 1990. On February 22, 1991, as a result of a CNO ordered reduction in force (RIF) he left active duty.

In December 1993, CAPT Patterson earned a Masters of Education in Aviation and Space Education, with a graduate minor in Speech Communication, with honors, from Oklahoma State University. Following graduation CAPT Patterson joined the faculty of the Aviation and Space Education Department and began teaching classes, conducting research, developing curriculum, and supporting the University’s Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) contract with NASA.

In May, 1997, CAPT Patterson earned a Doctorate of Education in Aviation and Space Education from Oklahoma State University, with honors. In September 1997 CAPT Patterson was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, USNR.

He was winged as a Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist #107 in 1997, and winged as an Aerospace Physiologist #244 in 1999. CAPT Patterson attended the US Army Airborne School in July 2003 earning Silver jump wings. He went on to earn his gold Naval Parachutists wings in September, 2003 with Explosive Ordinance Mobile Unit 11 in Oak Harbor, Washington.

CAPT Patterson was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 as a Plans Operations and Medical Intelligence Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In Afghanistan he was a mentor for the Minister of Public Health and managed coalition humanitarian relief projects. He deployed again to Djibouti Africa in 2011-2012 as Core Staff in the Horn of Africa as the Deputy Force Surgeon. In Africa he managed patient movement, HOA class 3 medical supplies and emergency medical planning.

CAPT Patterson served as the Assistant Officer In Charge, Naval Survival Training Institute, Pensacola, Florida from 2012 through 2014.

CAPT Patterson is reporting to NMOTC after 2-years at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) where he was served on several research portfolio management groups, was BUMED lead for joint En Route Care and Patient MEDEVAC/CASEVAC.