Col. Patrick T. Budjenska hails from the great state of Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1987 and was trained as a field artillery cannon crewman. In 1991, he was commissioned into the Active Army from the Midwestern State University ROTC program with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He initially served as an infantry officer and is now a member of the Adjutant General Corps.
Col. Budjenska serves as an instructor of strategy within the faculty of the Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. His operational experience includes a deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996; three Afghanistan deployments with the Regimental S1, 75th Ranger Regiment in 2003; United States Forces-Afghanistan, 2011–2012; and Combined Joint Task Force-10, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), 2014. He also deployed to Haiti as the inspector general, Joint Task Force-Haiti, to assist in relief following the earthquake in 2010.
While serving as an infantry officer, Col. Budjenska was assigned as a lieutenant to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Upon completion of the Infantry Advanced Course, he served as a staff officer in Germany, then commanded Alpha Company, 1-18th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, while stationed in Schweinfurt. Additional assignments include serving as a promotion, policy, and accessions policy integrator for the deputy chief of staff, G1 (Directorate of Military Personnel Management), Department of the Army. He also served as the G1 operations officer in charge and as the command inspector general for United States Army South in San Antonio, the Army Service Component Command for United States Southern Command. In 2012, he moved to Watertown, NY, and served as the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) G1.
Upon completion of his time as the Division G1, Col. Budjenska attended the Air War College, where he graduated with a master’s degree in strategic studies and eventually served as the chair for the Department of Strategy.
Patrick is married to the lovely Mrs. Donna Sigalos Budjenska and resides here in Wynlakes. “Living in Wynlakes has been a really great experience,” says Patrick. He especially appreciates the friends he has made and the experiences he has had as a neighborhood representative of the homeowners’ association. “I think it has been incredibly beneficial in my understanding of the rich history of our neighborhood,” he says, “and it is also a great way to be engaged in the community.” He encourages everyone to consider serving as a neighborhood representative for their neck of the woods. Lastly, Patrick expects the Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl every year but is usually disappointed.