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Immediate Release

Senior Executive Service Announcement

Dec. 14, 2017

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointment and assignment: 

Alan Patterson has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service, and for assignment as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. Patterson recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency, having last served as the Directorate of Operations chief for Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park.