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Vincent W. Patton, III, Ed.D.

Executive Director

AFCEA Educational Foundation


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Dr. Vince Patton has overall responsibility for the fundraising and development programs supporting AFCEA International’s 120+ chapters worldwide who collectively award over $2 million in scholarship awards and grants to deserving students and teachers (at all academic levels) in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.  In addition he serves as the academic content manager for the Professional Development Center reviewing educational programs for the purpose of acquiring continuing education credentials and training courses for AFCEA International conferences, workshops and symposia.

 Dr. Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 until his retirement from more than 30 years of active service in November 2002.  In this position he was the Coast Guard’s senior most enlisted member representing over 45,000 personnel as the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.  His illustrious career included staff and operational assignments throughout the country, both afloat and ashore.  Among his numerous military awards includes the Distinguished Service Medal which is the nation’s highest military peace time recognition for performance of duty. 

His academic accomplishments includes a doctorate of education degree from American University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Loyola University at Chicago, a B.S. in social work from Shaw College and a B.A. in communication from Pacific College. His extensive military education includes the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy.   

After his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, he was assistant professor at University of California Berkeley teaching ‘Philosophy of Ethics,’ for two years, and was also a seminary student, at Graduate Theological Union, earning his Master of Theology in Applied Religious Studies and becoming an ordained minister.  Soon after, he spent seven years with Military Advantage, a division of Monster Worldwide and the world’s largest military membership organization known as ‘,’ as Director of Government Partnership & Alliances.  Prior to his appointment as the executive director for AFCEA Educational Foundation, he served as vice president for Homeland Security Programs for AFCEA International. 

Since retirement from active duty in 2002, Dr. Patton has been actively involved in a number of public service, academic and nonprofit organizations.  He presently holds board membership with the Northeast Maritime Institute, National Coast Guard Museum, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the U.S. Naval Institute. 




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