Patrick A. Molenda assumed duties as director, warfighting assessment and readiness (N9 WAR) in January 2018.
The son of a Navy captain, Molenda graduated from Jacksonville University in 1986 and was commissioned through the Navy ROTC program. Later, he graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a M.A. in national security studies. He was designated a naval aviator in 1987.
His sea duty assignments include tactics and training officer and LAMPS Mark I detachment operations and maintenance officer, HSL-37 Easy Riders; air officer, USS Denver (LPD-9); joint exercise officer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet; LAMPS Mark III detachment officer in charge and squadron maintenance officer, HSL-47 Saberhawks; and chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Expeditionary Strike Group 5. During these operational tours, he completed seven deployments to the western Pacific/Indian Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
His shore assignments include joint staff, OPNAV (PERS-6); squadron maintenance officer and instructor pilot, HSL-41 Seahawks; executive officer and commanding officer, HSL-37 Easy Riders; director, joint operations center and NC3, U.S. European Command; director, Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, Naval War College; and fleet tactics officer, deputy for maritime operations, and executive assistant, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Molenda retired as a captain in spring 2016, after completing 31 years of active duty service. He transitioned to commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet as deputy director for assessments, readiness, and fleet warfighting improvement before assuming his current duties.