Woman chosen to head battalion at Fort Meade

Army officials have picked the first woman in at least a decade to lead the Headquarters Command Battalion at Fort Meade.

Lt. Col. Patty S. Barbour, 40, will take over the post from Lt. Col. Robert E. Wegmann on June 27, Fort Meade officials said.


Colonel Barbour is a Desert Storm veteran and won a Bronze Star for her service there.

Fort Meade's headquarters command, created in 1971, is responsible for providing administrative support to Army units assigned to Fort Meade. The commander of headquarters battalion is changed every two years to ensure that many lieutenant colonels will have a chance to serve at that level, Army officials said.


"She'll do very well. She's a dedicated and hard-working individual," said Colonel Wegmann, 42, who has known Colonel Barbour for a decade. "She cares for people. I couldn't ask for a better replacement."

Colonel Barbour, who could not be reached for comment, visited Fort Meade this month, meeting people and preparing for the job.

She is a distinguished military graduate of Virginia State University and holds a master's in business administration from Ohio State University. She has been a plans officer and company commander at the Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va., and an assistant professor of military science at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.

Most recently, she has been working at the Pentagon, where she is a manager in the Army's Office of the Chief of Staff.

A change of command ceremony will be held June 27 at McGlachlin Field on Fort Meade.