Maj Patrick Mullen graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in June 2005. Upon commissioning, 2nd Lt Mullen began Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where he flew the T-6A and T-38C with the 6th and 25th Flight Training Squadrons. 1st Lt Mullen received his wings in March 2007 and was assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas for B-1 Initial Qualification Training.
In December 2008, 1st Lt Mullen completed initial training in the B-1 and was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. With the 37th, Captain Mullen worked as a Training Officer and Assistant Flight Commander and also deployed twice to Al Udeid Air Base in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this time he also completed the B-1 Aircraft Commander upgrade.
In August of 2011, Captain Mullen was selected to be an Air Liaison Officer (ALO) with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, where he supported 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment (3/75), at Fort Benning, Georgia. While serving in this position, Captain Mullen completed Army Airborne School, the Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course, Navy Military Freefall School, Army Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP 2), along with other training programs. Captain Mullen deployed to Afghanistan three times with 3/75 as an ALO and Joint Terminal Attack Controller in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While on this assignment, Captain Mullen also completed the Joint Terminal Attack Controller Instructor upgrade.
In January 2014, Captain Mullen returned to the B-1 at Dyess Air Force Base and completed the B-1 Requalification Course. He was then assigned to the 9th Bomb Squadron where he served as the Chief of Training as well as an Assistant Director of Operations. While assigned to the 9th, Major Mullen also completed his Flight Lead and B-1 Instructor Pilot upgrades.
In July 2017, Major Mullen was sworn into the Marine Corps. He completed required training at The Basic School in Quantico, VA and then reported to VMFAT-101 for initial training in the F/A-18. Upon completing the FRS in January 2019, Major Mullen was assigned to VMFA-232. He deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and served as the Quality Assurance Officer, the Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and is currently the Executive Officer.
Maj Mullen has flown over 1400 hours in the B-1, including more than 880 combat hours. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (with numeral 3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal (second award), and various unit and service awards.
Major Mullen is married to Ann-Marie Mullen who served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army and is currently a Special Agent with the FBI.