Patch worked in several key positions in Special Forces. He graduated the SF qualification course as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant and became a member of the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) Mountain Team. Later he found his true calling in the Commander’s In-extremis Force (CIF). A no notice rapid reaction crisis response unit that deployed on a 6-hour notice. Within the CIF, Patch held several key positions and quickly moved up the ranks, such as Counter Terrorism Assaulter, Breacher, Cell Leader & Troop Sergeant Major. He later spent the last 4 years of his career as the Senior Group Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, Demolitions & Combatives program manager.
Jeff is a native of Spokane, Washington. He previously completed a military career culminating in over twenty-one years of service in the United States Army, 16 of which where in Special Forces. Previous duties include High Altitude Medical instructor, Assault Cell Leader, Assault Troop SGM, Company Operations Sergeant, Jump-Master and program developer/manager for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Advanced Urban Combat Course (SFAUC). Military deployments included service in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq.
Training & Education:
Static Line Jumpmaster
Adv. Special Operations Tactics level II
Operation Preparation of The Environment
1st SF Regiment Mountaineering instructor course
Several offensive/defensive driving schools
Special Forces Qualification Course (Medic)
Modern Army Combatives level 4 instructor
Special Operations Combatives Instructor
National Registry of Paramedicine
Expert Field Medical Badge course
Organization Management and Leadership
Project Management Finance
Comprehensive Risk Management
Operation Iraqi Freedom X 3
Operation Enduring Freedom X 1
Operation Joint Guardian, Task Force Falcon (Kosovo) X 2
Stabilization Force (SFOR) Bosnia X 3
2004 Olympics security force and others
His awards include the Combat Infantry mans badge, Combat Medical Badge, Jumpmaster wings, German Jumpmaster wings, 3 Bronze stars, Arrowhead award and numerous others.
He won the 2016 Colorado Submission Grappling state champion for his class. He owns his own company: Special Operations Fighting and Shooting Tactics (SOFAST) LLC. He resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife Claudia of 25 years, His son Tyler (who joined the Army in January 2014 to be assigned at 1st Ranger Battalion) and his youngest son Kalman. He enjoys shooting, MMA, ranching, hunting and fishing. He gives back to his community by coaching football & wrestling.
He is in the book Green Eyes and Black Rifles demonstrating for Kyle Lamb (Viking Tactics), Caliber magazine, his missions have been written about in the Special Forces Journal and Soldier of Fortune.