Chief Master Sergeant Ronald P. Fitzpatrick
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Security Police
Chief Fitzpatrick was born Oct. 14, 1939, in Piedmont, Alabama. After graduating from Piedmont High School, he attended Jacksonville State University, Alabama for two years. Chief Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the Homicide Investigation School, Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Essex County (England) Advanced Defensive Driving School, Seventh Army Military Police Investigation Course, 8th Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter AFB, Alabama. While at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Chief Fitzpatrick was the recipient of a speaking award. He attended Oscar Rose Community College, Oklahoma City, where he made the vice president's and president's honor rolls. Chief Fitzpatrick also attended the University of Maryland and the City Colleges of Chicago and earned an associate of arts degree in police science through Community College of the Air Force.
Chief Fitzpatrick entered the Air Force in April 1961. His first assignment after basic training and technical school was with the Air Police at Royal Air Force Chicksands, England. While there he performed law enforcement duties as a gate guard, patrolman, desk sergeant, and pass and identification clerk. He remained at RAF Chicksands for four years before transferring to Cudjoe Key, Florida, serving as a law enforcement flight chief for two years.
From Cudjoe Key, Chief Fitzpatrick returned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe serving at Hof Air Station, Germany, at the tri-corners of East Germany and Czechoslovakia as law enforcement flight chief and criminal investigator. During his tenure at Hof, Chief Fitzpatrick performed his duties during the political eruption of the Russian invasion of Prague, Hungary only 90 miles from his post.
Leaving Hof Air Station in 1970, Chief Fitzpatrick traveled to McChord AFB, Washington, where he worked as law enforcement flight chief and noncommissioned officer in charge of the security clearance section. From McChord, Chief Fitzpatrick was ordered to a 12-month remote tour at CCK, Taiwan, serving as noncommissioned officer in charge of customs and excise.
His follow-on assignment from CCK was to Malmstrom AFB, Montana, where Chief Fitzpatrick was assigned as noncommissioned officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch. After spending three years at Malmstrom, the chief and his family moved back to England where he was assigned to RAF Alconbury. Chief Fitzpatrick was a law enforcement flight chief and the noncommissioned officer in charge of criminal investigation during his two-year tenure.
From RAF Alconbury, Chief Fitzpatrick was reassigned to RAF Wethersfield as chief, security police. While there, he was credited with building an entire police unit from scratch. He presented plans and the budget for a new million-dollar police building which was approved, constructed, dedicated, and opened prior to his departure.
Returning to the United States in August 1982, Chief Fitzpatrick was assigned to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, as chief Security Section and operations superintendent. After serving two years at Tinker, Chief Fitzpatrick once again returned to the United Kingdom. His first year at RAF Bentwaters was spent as superintendent of security police administration. After his promotion to chief master sergeant, Chief Fitzpatrick assumed duties as the chief, Programs and Resources Division and senior enlisted manager to the commander of the 81st Security Police Squadron.
On June 15, 1987, Chief Fitzpatrick was appointed senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge. He remained senior advisor under three different wing commanders before transferring to his present assignment on June 16, 1989.
Chief Fitzpatrick's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster and Air force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Chief Fitzpatrick is married to the former Susan Gibbs. They have two children, Michael and Karen.