Lieutenant Colonel Patrick S. Lindstrom graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology. He attended the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, Virginia, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1998. He then attended the Basic School in January of the following year and earned his Naval Aviator wings in June 2001 after attending flight school in Pensacola, Florida.
In August 2001, First Lieutenant Lindstrom reported to HMT-302 for Replacement Aircrew Training in the CH-53E Super Stallion. After completing training, he checked in to HMH-361 for his first Operational Tour in the summer of 2002. In January 2003, he deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit attached to the CH-53E detachment aboard the USS Tarawa. Upon return from that deployment, Captain Lindstrom reported to HMH-466 and deployed twice more with the “Wolfpack” to Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
In the summer of 2006, Captain Lindstrom reported to Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. Following school, Captain Lindstrom reported to Twenty-nine Palms, California, for duty with Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group as an Air Coyote in the summer of 2007, where he trained deploying Battalions in CASEVAC response and Forward Air Control.
After two years with TTECG, Major Lindstrom reported back to the Wolfpack in the summer of 2009 for duty as the Assistant Operations Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Executive Officer over the course of the next three years. During that time, Major Lindstrom deployed to Afghanistan for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and to Okinawa as the 31st MEU Detachment OIC.
In July 2012, Major Lindstrom reported to Tampa for Duty with United States Central Command. There, he served as the Strategy and Policy Levant Branch head in the Strategy, Plans and Policy directorate and, for the last year, as the Executive Officer for the USCENTCOM J5, Major General Busby.
Major Lindstrom reported for duty in June 2015 to Stuttgart, Germany, with the Operations Section in Marine Forces Europe and Africa. On October 1, 2015, Major Lindstrom was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Lindstrom reported aboard MCAS Cherry Point on July 26, 2018 for duty as the Air Station XO.
Lieutenant Colonel Lindstrom has accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours in the CH-53E. His awards include the Air Medal with 13 Strike/Flight awards and combat V, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star) and various unit awards and campaign medals.