Major General LaWarren V. Patterson
Major General LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon on 25 July 2012. He most recently served as Commanding General, 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, GA.
General Patterson graduated from Norfolk State University in 1982, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. He holds a Master of Science Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes Airborne School, the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Communications-Electronic Staff Officer Course, Communications-Electronic Warfare Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education-Phase II, and the U.S. Army War College.
His first assignment was with the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as he Battalion Signal Officer for 2/5th Cavalry (Armor), and later as a Platoon Leader in 13th Signal Battalion. In 1986, General Patterson was assigned to Germany and the 87th Maintenance Battalion where he served as Communications-Electronic Maintenance Officer, Battalion S-2/3, and Commander, 85th Light Equipment Maintenance Company. He was later assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division staff as the Division Radio Officer. Returning from Germany in 1990, he was assigned to the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Intern Program. After six months, he deployed to Saudi Arabia to support Operation Desert Storm, serving as the Signal Officer for 4/7th Cavalry, 3rd AD. Following Desert Storm, he returned to the JCS Intern Program.