Colonel Patrick J. Mullin was commissioned in the Aviation Branch upon graduation from the United States Military Academy on 1 June 1991. His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, CAS3, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint Warfighting Staff College, the Naval War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools, and various space courses to include Space 300. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Western European Studies from the U.S.M.A., a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Colonel Mullin served with the 2-7th Cavalry Squadron of the 4th Infantry Division as an operations officer and attack helicopter platoon leader, during which time he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia with Task Force 4-4 in support of Operation Continue Hope. He was assigned to the 25th Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii from 1996 to 1999 where he served as the brigade S-3 (Air) and commanded Alpha Company, 1-25 AVN (Attack). After completing graduate studies, he served a three-year assignment as the Chief of Management Information Systems for the Admissions Directorate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
Colonel Mullin’s assignments since transferring to Army Space Operations in 2003 include: Commander, Missile Warning Center, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, CO from September 2004 to January 2007; Chief of Space and Missile Operations for Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center from January 2007 to June 2007; Chief of the Space Support Element for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY from July 2007 to March 2008; Chief of Space and Special Technical Operations (SSTO) CJTF-101 and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan from March 2008 to May 2009; 1st Space Brigade S-3, Peterson AFB, CO from August 2009 to June 2011; Commander, 1st Space Battalion, Peterson AFB, CO from June 2011 until June 2013. Colonel Mullin served as the Director of Operations and Exercises (J3/7), JFCC-Space, Vandenberg AFB, CA from July 2014 to July 2016. Colonel Mullin was selected for transfer to the Army’s new Cyber Warfare Branch in 2015 and has been serving as the Deputy Director of Operations for Army Cyber Command since August 2016.
Colonel Mullin’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2), the United Nations Medal (Somalia), and the NATO Medal (ISAF). Colonel Mullin has earned the Army Senior Aviator Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutists Wings, and the Army Master Space Badge. Colonel Mullin was recognized by the National Space Club as the first Army Officer to be awarded the General Bernard Schriever Award for excellence in military space operations in April 2011.
Colonel Mullin and his wife Rebecca have three children, Patrick (15), Bennett (12), and Erin (9).