About the Expert
Captain William A. Patterson, of the U.S. Navy, recently was Commodore of Submarine Squadron 16. He Commanded USS Hawaii (SSN 776). His other submarine assignments include Junior Officer on the USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), Navigator on USS Topeka (SSN 754) and Executive Officer on USS Florida (SSGN 728). Captain Patterson’s staff assignments include Threat/Tactics Instructor at the Submarine School in New London, CT; Maritime Action Officer at Headquarters, U.S. Southern Command in Doral, FL; Deputy Operations Officer at Commander, Task Force 69 in Naples, Italy; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Commander, Task Force 74 in Yokosuka, Japan and Executive Assistant to the Director, Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97) in Arlington, VA. Captain Patterson graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics. He also holds a master’s degree in Military Operational Arts and Science from the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama.