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Pat is a native of Detroit, MI and at a very young age decided to join the Army. While serving as a communications soldier at Fort Polk, LA, her commander called her in and asked her, “How would you like to go to West Point?” She promptly replied, “What’s that?” She applied to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and in 1976, she joined the West Point Class of 1980, the first class to graduate women. By Order of Merit, she is the first black woman to graduate from West Point. Despite a series of challenges from injuries, Pat retired as a successful Air Defense Artillery Officer.
She is the Co-Author of the book, The Power of Civility. She served as a Master Trainer for the Army Family Team Building Program and as a Senior Advisor for Army Family Support Groups. Pat is founder and president of the Seeds of Humanity, a foundation designed to promote development and education for children and their influencers. She is an active member of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C., and is a speaker on leadership, ethics, civility and business etiquette. In addition to being a certified professional coach (CPC), and Rotarian, she is also an associate of the Center for Leadership and Ethics in Pennsylvania. For five years, she has facilitated for the National Conference on Ethics in America, an ethics workshop for college students conducted at West Point, NY. Pat conducts and/or facilitates conferences and seminars, to include the Leadership and Ethics Conference for High Schools in the National Capitol Region, and in October 2011 help host a first ever West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference for 11th graders in Detroit.
She is the founder for the Leadership for New Generations Conference for Middle Schools in the National Capitol Region and the Co-Chair for the newly forged West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference for High Schools and Middle Schools in Virginia. She is a facilitator for Leadership and Ethics at the United States Military Academy's Summer Leadership Seminar (SLS). As a graduate of the Emily Post Institute for etiquette, she conducts business image and business etiquette workshops, most notably with the Diamond Boot Camp, which develops social “polish” for all leaders. In 2010 she received the “Civility Star Award” from the Association of Image Consultants International for her highly successful work as the marketing chair for the Civility Counts Project. On March 17, 2011, was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.
She is a recipient of the Key to the City of Detroit. Pat (aka Priscilla) currently resides in the National Capitol Region with her husband of 28 years, Michael Locke, an extraordinary Army leader (retired), and has one exceptional daughter, Sarah Locke, who just graduated from West Point’s class of 2015, and now serves as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police.