Colonel David A. Patterson, MSM, CD
Director Division Rear, 1st Canadian Division HQ
Colonel David Patterson joined the Army Reserve in 1979 as a gunner with the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in Montreal. Taking his commission in 1980, he commanded the unit from 1995 to 1998 and later served as the Director, Reserve Training at the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario for eleven years. Promoted to his present rank in 2008, Col Patterson is currently the Director Division Rear at 1st Canadian Division Headquarters in Kingston, ON.
In 2006, Col Patterson was the commander of the CF task force that supported the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Col Patterson was the J5 (Strategic Plans) Advisor at the Darfur Integrated Task Force in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and commanded the Canadian contingent’s three detachments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in Darfur and Khartoum in Sudan. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his service during this deployment.
From October 2010 to October 2011, Col Patterson served in Afghanistan as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General for Operations of 10th Mountain Division (LI), which served as Regional Command (South) HQ. He was also the Senior Mentor at the Operational Coordination Centre –Regional (South).
Colonel Patterson is the proprietor of Fields of Fire Tours, a company that organizes and conducts tours of Canadian battlefields in Europe. He has conducted over thirty battlefield tours to Canadian sites in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy.