MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(01 April, 2004)
Maj. Patrick Dacey To Command
On Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m., Maj. Patrick M. Dacey of Lebanon Township, New Jersey will assume command of the 2nd Battalion 113th Infantry. The traditional change of command ceremony will take place at the Battalion's headquarters located at the National Guard Armory in Riverdale. Lt. Col. Joseph M. O'Connor will relinquish command.
Prior to taking command, Maj. Dacey served as the Battalion Executive Officer and served a variety of positions during his more than 20 years in the New Jersey Army National Guard. He first enlisted in 1983 and after completing ROTC at Rutgers, served as a platoon leader and Company Executive Officer, and eventually, Commander of the 50th Military Police Company. Other assignments included: Instructor at the New Jersey Military Academy; Assistant S-3 (Training Officer) at the 254th Training Brigade; and Commander, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 50th Brigade.
In the months immediately following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Maj. Dacey was the Commander of Task Force Vigilant Hawk which provided additional security at the state's major airports and recently was designated to join Task Force Guantanamo, U.S. Southern Command, Operation Enduring Freedom when his battalion deploys to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba later this year.
The graduate of Jersey City State also earned a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. Maj. Dacey is a distinguished graduate and recipient of the General John Pershing Award at Command and General Staff College and is a graduate of the Army War College Defense Strategy course.
Among his military awards and honors are Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster); and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.
His civilian career includes extensive background in Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Task Force, Juvenile Unit, Fugitive Unit, Community Outreach and Education Unit, and Special Investigations Unit with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. He also has served as a Senior Firearms Instructor and Hostage Recovery Team member at the Middlesex County Police Academy.
The major is married to the former Denise O'Brien; they have one son Philip.