Louisiana Army National Guardsman Patrick R. Bossetta, J.D. 86, was promoted to the rank of army brigadier general July 9. Bossetta will become the Louisiana Air National Guard’s new assistant adjutant general. In that role, he will serve as a principal military advisor to the adjutant general of the LANG and be responsible for assisting in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans for the LANG.
Bossetta commissioned as an officer in the Army in 1988. He joined the LANG in 1993 and has deployed with them four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also responded to various state emergencies, most notably Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the flood in August 2016.
He commanded the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment and Task Force Voodoo during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was responsible for over 80 aircraft and 1,200 personnel who logged over 6,000 thousand accident-free hours of flight while performing life-saving rescues of thousands in the greater New Orleans area.
“You’ve probably been in every staff position that we have,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG. “I want you to know that today you have earned the right to be a brigadier general in the United States Army.”
From April 2010 until June 2017, Bossetta commanded the State Aviation Command where he was responsible for the manning, equipping, training and readiness of all LANG aviation forces. He also commanded the 204th Theater Airfield Operations Group from December 2013 until June 2017. Before he was officially promoted, he relinquished command of the two groups to Col. John Plunkett and Lt. Col. John Bonnette, respectively.
Bossetta graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a master’s degree in Taxation. He also graduated with a Juris Doctorate in Civil Law from Loyola University and is a certified public accountant and a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
He has a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and was recognized as the distinguished leadership graduate at both Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He was also the honor graduate of Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course.
Photo by Sgt. Garrett Dipuma