Brigadier General Patrick R. Bossetta
Brigadier General Patrick R. Bossetta is the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Louisiana National Guard. He serves as a principal advisor to The Adjutant General and is responsible for assisting The Adjutant General in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans for the Louisiana Army National Guard.
General. Bossetta was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Science Degree in Taxation Accounting from Louisiana State University, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University, is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Upon his graduation from Loyola Law School, General Bossetta began his military career in July, 1987 when he joined the United States Army and attended basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri. He then attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he received his commission in February, 1988, and received the Distinguished Leadership Award. He then attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Ft. Rucker, Alabama where he graduated as the Distinguished Leadership Graduate. General Bossetta then began the Initial Entry Rotary Wing course and graduated from flight school in May, 1989 as the Honor Graduate. His first assignment was to C Company, 1-24th Attack Helicopter Battalion, at Hunter Army Air Field as an aero-scout platoon leader. The unit was deployed several times to include rotations to the National Training Center, Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The unit greatly distinguished itself in combat and received the Valorous Unit Award.
General Bossetta joined the Louisiana National Guard in March, 1993. He was assigned to the 812th Medical Company where he served as the Air Ambulance Platoon Leader. He then served as the Operations Officer during the unit’s deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was then assigned to the 1-244th Combat Aviation Battalion as the Battalion S3. He held that position during the unit’s rotation to the National Training Center. He was then assigned as the Battalion’s Executive Officer and held that position during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He was then selected to command 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion and took command on August 7, 2005. He commanded the battalion and Task Force Voodoo during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, commanding over 80 aircraft and 1200 personnel, during which over 6000 accident-free hours were flown while performing life saving rescues of thousand of stranded citizens in the Greater New Orleans area. He commanded the unit during its second rotation to Iraq from April 2008 to April 2009 in which over 18,000 accident-free combat hours were logged. He was then assigned as the Commander, State Aviation Command which was responsible for the manning, equipping, training and readiness of all Louisiana Army National Guard aviation forces. He also served on the Adjutant General’s staff as State Aviation Officer and also was selected to command the 204th Theater Airfield Operations Group from December 2013 to June 2017. General Bossetta was appointed the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Louisiana National Guard in June 2017.
During his aviation service, he has logged over 3000 flight hours and over 1000 combat hours. General Bossetta’s military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Air Assault School, High Altitude Training School, the Army Medical Department Officers Basic Course, the Aero-Medical Officer Evacuation Course, the UH-60 Qualification Course, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.
His awards include the Master Army Aviator Badge, Army Combat Action Badge, Army Air Assault Badge, Valorous Unit Award 1-24th Attack Helicopter Battalion, F.Edward Hebert Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and V-Device for Valor, National Defense Service Medal with second award, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal and other awards.
General Bossetta has been married to Marlene Hand Bossetta for twenty-nine years and they have three children, Alexandra Michelle, Catherine Elizabeth, and Patrick Joseph.
Current as of December 2017