Howard Patterson was General of SRPA Mission Command.
Patterson was visited by Sgt. Nathan Hale and was requested by him to give him two experienced soldiers - Lee Dashiel and Jimmy Sanchez to help him on his mission in extracting Dr. Silbermann from a conversion center located in Salinas. Patterson initially refused Hale's request as military resources were stretched to the breaking point, but was convinced otherwise after Hale reminded him that he (Patterson) has a daughter, who is among the many Americans being likewise threatened from the Chimera's onslaught. Patterson agreed and forewarned Hale to not botch the mission.
- Gen. Patterson is a background character for Metastasis.