LTC Rob Patton
LTC Rob Patton attended the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation in 1994 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.
LTC Patton’s previous assignments include B/1-503 Infantry (RoK), 1-24 Infantry (FT Lewis, WA), 307th FSB (FT Bragg, NC), Yakima Recruiting Company (Yakima, WA), and a variety of special operations assignments (FT Bragg, NC).
LTC Patton has participated in numerous deployments around the world to include Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation NEW DAWN.
LTC Patton’s military education includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, and Air Command and Staff College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Davis, and an MA in Operational Art and Science from Air University.
LTC Patton’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1BS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1BS), Iraq Campaign Medal (3BS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Rigger Badge, Silver Recruiting Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge, and Thai Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Elias A. Gelat
Command Sergeant Major Elias A. Gelat was born and raised in Houston. He joined the U.S. Army to become an Airborne Infantryman. His assignments included the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 6th Battalion, 6th Infantry; 1st Armored Division, 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry, Berlin Brigade, and the XVIII Airborne Corps Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy. He has served as a paratrooper, scout team leader and in Operation Desert Storm, as a squad leader, as well as an NCOES instructor.
After being selected for recruiting duty, Command Sergeant Major Gelat served 14 years in the 5th Recruiting Brigade at the Houston and Dallas battalions, where he ascended the ranks as a recruiter, station commander and first sergeant. Following his promotion to sergeant major, he was reassigned to the 6th Recruiting Brigade, serving as the Operations Sergeant Major for two years in the Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Mission Viejo, Calif., and most recently, the Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Recruiting Brigade’s New England Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Gelat’s education includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. He has completed all NCOES courses and is Instructor and Guidance Counselor/Operations NCO qualified.
Command Sergeant Major Gelat’s awards and decorations include: five Meritorious Service Medals, 19 Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaigns stars, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and three Superior Unit Awards, Airborne Wings, German Paratrooper Wings, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge. He was awarded all recruiting awards up to and including the Glen E. Morrell Award, and he is a FORSCOM Audie Murphy Club member. In addition, Command Sergeant Major Gelat was the 2004 USAREC Station Commander of the year, the 5th BDE First Sergeant of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008.