Brig. Gen. Patrice A. Melançon is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The organization provides installation and mission support capabilities to 77 Air Force installations, nine major commands and two direct reporting units with an annual budget of approximately $10 billion. One of six centers assigned to Air Force Materiel Command, the unit’s cross functional team integrates security forces, civil engineering, base communications, logistics readiness, installation ministry programs, services, operational acquisition and financial management across 10 detachments and six primary subordinate units. Those units are the Air Force Civil Engineering Center, Air Force Financial Services Center, Air Force Financial Management Center of Expertise, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Air Force Security Forces Center and Air Force Services Activity.
General Melançon was commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1988, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She spent nine years on active duty prior to entering the Air Force Reserve in 1997. She has been a commander twice, has experience at base level, major command, combatant command, field operating agency and Air Staff levels, and has been activated for three extended active duty tours since Sept. 11, 2001. She has served stateside, as well as in Europe and Southwest Asia, and has experience in both peacetime and wartime contingency operations.
In her civilian career, General Melançon served as a Senior Project Manager and Engineer with CDM Smith for 15 years, overseeing projects for various federal clients and programs including the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. She has experience as a project engineer and then project and program manager for water, wastewater and stormwater projects for
municipal clients, as well as federal entities. She current serves as the Watershed Engineering Department Manager for the San Antonio River Authority where she leads a team of 27 to protect and enhance the
creeks and rivers of the San Antonio River basin.
1988 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette