Robert "Buzz" Patterson
Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Buzz” Patterson, United States Air Force (Retired), is Vice-Chairman for Move America Forward and the author of two New York Times best sellers, Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security and Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security. His new book War Crimes: The Left’s Campaign to Destroy the Military and Lose the War on Terror was released by Crown Forum on June 26, 2007.
Patterson served 20 years on active duty and saw tours of duty as an Air Force pilot in combat operations in
From 1996 to 1998, Colonel Patterson was the Senior Military Aide to President Bill Clinton. During that time he was responsible for the President’s Emergency Satchel, otherwise known as the “Nuclear Football," the black bag with the nation’s nuclear capability that accompanies the president at all times. In addition, Colonel Patterson was operational commander for all military units assigned to the White House to include Air Force One, Marine One,
White House Transportation Agency and White House Mess.
Among his many military commendations, Patterson received the Defense Superior Service Medal for accomplishments while at the White House and was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for flying fifteen combat support missions into then-besieged
in 1994. He retired in 2001 to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot and writer.
He is a frequent guest on talk shows across the country, including television appearances on Hannity and Colmes, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CBS’ Morning Show, Fox and Friends, The Dennis Miller Show, C-SPAN's Book Notes, Joe Scarborough, Heartland with John Kasich, and MSNBC News. He’s also been heard on radio shows ranging from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy and Hugh Hewitt.
Patterson was born in
. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and
and has his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from
and a Master’s in Business Administration from
. He and his family currently reside in