Colonel Pat Santos (Ret.) joined the Louisiana Army National Guard
in June 1979. In December 1981, he was commissioned a Distinguished
Military Graduate from the ROTC program at the University of New Orleans.
As a member of the famed 1-141st Field Artillery Battalion he served in
various command and staff positions and was activated for Desert Storm in
1990 with the 256th Combat Brigade. While serving in the State Headquarters
he was the lead project officer launching the first Louisiana State Partnership
Programs with the countries of Uzbekistan and Belize. In August 1999 he was
assigned as the Director of Military Support where he and his staff developed
critical emergency plans and procedures while managing the military response
and assistance efforts to numerous state emergencies and special events.
His 25 year military experience played a key role in coordinating the unprecedented
support efforts during both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In January 2006, he accepted
a position at the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP)
as the Chief of Homeland Security. As the Deputy Director of Emergency Management within
the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) he had primary
oversight of all of the State’s emergency management functions and managed emergencies such
as Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. He was
appointed by Governor Jindal in June 2011 as the Interim Director of GOHSEP responsible for
all aspects of preparedness, response, and, recovery in the State. In December 2011, Pat
resumed his previous position as Deputy Director and is responsible for all aspects of the
Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Interoperability Division.
In 1981 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University
of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management in 1997. He is a graduate
of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Staff School and the Command and General Staff College. He was
awarded a fellowship and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Program at the Harvard
Kennedy School for Executive Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2010.
He currently resides in Prairieville, LA with his wife Gayle. They have two sons Sean and Stephen.