Brigadier General Patrick Gaydon graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Assigned initially to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery at Fort Lewis, Washington, he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and Battalion Maintenance Officer. At Fort Lewis, he was further assigned as Company Fire Support Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry, and he also deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Platoon Leader in support of Operation Sea Signal. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course in 1999, Brigadier General Gaydon reported to the17th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. There, he served as the Brigade Adjutant and later commanded Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery. In 2002, Brigadier General Gaydon was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (Field Artillery), 362nd Regiment (Training Support) at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Battery Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College in 2005, BG Gaydon was assigned to the Republic of Korea where he served as the Deputy Chief of Plans Integration Branch in Combined Forces Command Korea/United States Forces Korea. In 2006, Brigadier General Gaydon returned to Fort Lewis, Washington and served as the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for I Corps. In 2007, he was reassigned as Battalion Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery. In 2009, he assumed command of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Provisional) in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and deployed the battalion to Afghanistan as part of Regional Command South. Upon redeployment in 2010, he assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2012, he served as Chief of Fires for 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 2014, he assumed command of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade inactivated in 2015 and immediately re-activated as the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery. In 2016, BG Gaydon assumed duties as the G3 for III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. In 2017, BG Gaydon deployed with III Corps and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2018, he assumed duties as Fires Division Chief, Department of the Army G8, then he assumed duties as the Director of Materiel. In July of 2020, he assumed his current position as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 25th Infantry Division.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Airborne and Air Assault Badges.