COL Patrick J. McClelland


Colonel Patrick J. McClelland assumed command of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade headquartered at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 2021.

He was commissioned in the Transportation Corps after graduating from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1998. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after completing Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and political science.

COL McClelland served as the chief of Future Operations of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia, since graduating from the U.S. Army War College in 2019 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. COL McClelland previously served as the deputy commander, 10th Support Group (Regional), Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan. He previously commanded the 840th Transportation Battalion, headquartered at the port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait, with responsibility for surface defense transportation shipments spanning Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. He is a joint qualified officer, having previously served as a joint mobility officer in both the J3 and J5/J4 with the U.S. Transportation Command. Prior to that, COL McClelland served at Fort Irwin, California, as an observer/controller and later as a support operations officer for the National Training Center Support Brigade, and as an executive officer for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Support Squadron. His earlier assignments included numerous billets in Germany, to include serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and later as a truck company commander in OIF III. Prior to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he served as liaison and watercraft staff planner to Coalition Joint Task Force Kuwait (Forward), located at Camp Doha, Kuwait. COL McClelland earlier served in cargo transfer and floating craft companies, 7th Transportation Group (Composite) located at Fort Eustis, Virginia. 

COL McClelland holds a master’s degree in supply chain management and logistics from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

COL McClelland’s awards include: two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Parachutist Badge. His unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Superior Unit Award.

He is from Cleveland, Ohio. He is married and has three children.