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Colonel Patrick E. Butler is the Commander, 5th Maintenance Group, Minot AFB, North Dakota. As Commander, he leads 1,700 group personnel tasked to provide aircraft and munitions maintenance support for a fleet for 28 B-52 aircraft and munitions stockpiles valued over $6 billion.

Col Butler was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy. During his 22 years of service, he has been a joint staff officer, commander of two in-garrison squadrons, the commander of three expeditionary aircraft maintenance squadrons, and held numerous other jobs throughout the maintance enterprise. He has extensive deployment experience and has been an aircraft maintenance officer on the B-2, B-52G/H, F-16C/D, A/OA-10A, MC-130E/H/P, AC-130H/U, MH-53J/M, and CV-22. Col Butler is married to the former Aimee Wildung of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and they have five children: Bethany, Brett, Belinda, Brenna, and Boden.


1991 Bachelor of Science in Biology, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1993 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
1995 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
1998 Squadron Officer School, in-residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2006 Air Command and Staff College, in-residence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Distinguished Graduate)
2006 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2009 Joint PME II, Joint & Combined Warfighter School, Norfolk NAS, Virginia


1. Sep 91 - Jul 92, Student pilot, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
2. Sep 92 - Jan 93, Student, Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
3. Jan 93 - Mar 94, Inspection Branch Officer in Charge and Assistant Maintenance Supervisor,
42d Maintenance Squadron, Loring Air Force Base, Maine
4. Apr 94 - Apr 95, Sortie Support Flight Commander, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, ROK
5. Apr 95 - Sep 98, Sortie Generation Flight Commander, 357th Fighter Squadron; Combat Operations
Support Flight Commander and Fuel Operations Flight Commander, 355th Supply Squadron, Davis-
Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
6. Oct 98 - Sep 99, Chief of Fixed Wing Maintenance, Air Force Special Operations
Command (AFSOC) Hurlburt Field, Florida
7. Oct 99 - Jun 00, Chief of Rotary Wing Maintenance, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Florida
8. Jun 00 - May 02, Maintenance Supervisor, 16th Maintenance Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida
9. May 02 - May 03, Squadron Maintenance Officer/Maintenance Operations Officer, 5th Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
10. May 03 - May 05, Commander, 5th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota
11. Jun 05 - Jun 06, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
12. Jul 06 - Jun 08, Commander, 1st Special Operations Helicopter Maintenance Squadron, Hurlburt
Field, Florida
13. Jul 08 - Jul 10, Chief, J4 PACOM Desk/Chief Fixed Wing Logistics, United States Special
Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
14. Jul 10 - Jun 13, Deputy Commander, 509th Maintenance Group, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
15. Jun 13 - Present, Commander, 5th Maintenance Group, Minot AFB, North Dakota


Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver oak leaf cluster and V device
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star


Second Lieutenant: 29 May 1991
First Lieutenant: 29 May 1993
Captain: 29 May 1995
Major: 1 April 2002
Lieutenant Colonel: 1 April 2007
Colonel: 1 Nov 2012