Patrick Thibeault was raised as an Army brat. He lived inGermany, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Fayetteville, North Carolina and his father was stationed inSeoul, South Korea where he attended Seoul American High School and graduated in 1989.
Upon graduation from high school, Patrick enlisted in the Army becoming a paratrooper medic. The first unit that he was assigned to was 3rd Battalion / 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Patrick deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm back in 1990. During his tenure with the 160th, Patrick had the opportunity to grow both as a soldier and as a medic. He attended SERE school (Survival training), went to Army enlisted flight medic school at Fort Rucker, and attended Primary Leadership training at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He deployed both stateside and overseas with the 160th and spent some time on the USS. Theodore Roosevelt. During his time with the 160th, he was on both on enlisted crewmember flight status and parachute status.
He then joined the Kentucky Army National Guard. Patrick deployed twice toEcuadorduring his time with the Kentucky Army National Guard. He continued to grow in the medical field and nursing field and started nursing school atEasternKentuckyUniversity. Patrick’s first job as a nurse was as a registered nurse at theVeteranHospitalinIndianapolis,Indiana. Patrick transferred to the Indiana Army National Guard where in 2000, his entire brigade travelled toFort Polk,Louisianato participate in the combat simulations at theJointReadinessTrainingCenteror JRTC.
He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in nursing in May 2003 from MarianUniversityin Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2004, he deployed with his unit, the 76th Infantry Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His unit was part of Task Force Phoenix. This task force trained the conventional Afghanistan Army and had soldiers embedded into theseAfghanistan units both during training and combat operations. Patrick worked briefly as a liaison for Task Force Phoenix at Bagram Airbase before going back out into the field.
Patrick started on his master’s degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner upon returning from combat in 2005. He graduated from IndianaWesleyanUniversityin December, 2008. Patrick then transferred to the 138th Field Artillery Brigade, part of the Kentucky Army National Guard, where he remained till he retired in January, 2011. Patrick currently works part time in a medical intensive care unit part time and works full time in a urgent and primary care clinic as a nurse practitioner.
Hobbies include Corvettes, working out, Star Trek, and reading medical books. He is married to his wife Connie. They have a dog named Rocco and two cats named Savannah and Georgia. He named his cats after the beautiful city of Savannah and the other cat after the state of Georgia when he was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, in Savannah,Georgia.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Medical Badge, 2nd award from both Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. The Meritorious Service Medical from Afghanistan, the Air Medal from Desert Storm. Patrick also has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge and the enlisted crewmember aviation wings.