Joanne Holbrook Patton
“Being counted among those who personify the values of military service through volunteerism, devotion to family and commitment to marriage as exemplified by Mrs. Holbrook Patton is indeed a privilege. Thank you for your generosity and the values you place on educational opportunities for military spouses." - Air Force Spouse
Joanne Holbrook Patton, a fifth-generation Army daughter, was married to the late Major General George S. Patton for 52 years. During their military life, she became a volunteer for several organizations, principally the American Red Cross, Army Community Service, and the National Military Family Association. Mrs. Patton’s assignments included first National Volunteer Consultant for Services to the Armed Forces of the American Red Cross and first Volunteer Consultant, Department of the Army, for Army Community Service. As the mother of five children, one mentally-challenged, she has had special interest in services for persons with disabilities. Since her husband’s retirement from the Army in 1980, she has served in many civilian organizations and as a member of the National Military Family Association's Board of Advisors. Currently she Chairs the Advisory Council for CAST, the Center for Applied Special Technology, and oversees Green Meadows Farm, the certified organic agricultural operation her husband initiated when he retired. Mrs. Patton is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and an Emerita Member of its Board of Directors. She is also an Honorary Member of the Norwich University Board of Fellows. She believes strongly in the importance of education for military spouses and in 2005, the National Military Family Association renamed its scholarship program in her honor.