Patrick J. Fahey was born in Des Plaines, IL in 1980. He grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He attended Colby College in Maine, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. After College, he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade before receiving his commission from the Officer Candidate School in 2003. Second Lieutenant Fahey reported to the Basic School in January 2004. Upon completion, he reported Pensacola, FL for primary and advanced flight training. First Lieutenant Fahey was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 2006, reporting to HMLA/T-303 aboard Camp Pendleton, CA for training in the AH-1W. Upon completion, First Lieutenant Fahey reported to HMLA-267 in September 2006.
First Lieutenant Fahey deployed with an HMLA-267 Stinger detachment to Okinawa in January 2007, attaching to HMM-265(REIN) in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During this deployment, First Lieutenant Fahey served as an S-1 officer. In March 2007, the detachment was extended and remained in support of the 31st MEU for another rotation, returning to Camp Pendleton in December 2007. Once back with the Stingers, First Lieutenant Fahey served as the Adjutant until deploying with a detachment to HMM-163(REIN) in October of 2008. Captain Fahey served as the Airframe Division OIC in support of the 13th MEU. During this deployment, the squadron primarily conducted counter piracy operations near the Horn of Africa. Captain Fahey transferred to HMLA-369 upon returning from the MEU deployment. In HMLA-369, Captain Fahey deployed in support of OEF in 2010 and 2012, serving in future operations and tactics respectively.
After returning from Afghanistan in 2012, Captain Fahey became the I MEF SOTG Air Officer. In 2014, Captain Fahey became the operations officer for SOTG. Major Fahey completed his assignment with MEF in 2015 and attended Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Major Fahey graduated with distinction earning a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies in June of 2016.
In July of 2016, Major Fahey returned to Camp Pendleton, CA for training in the AH-1Z. Major Fahey reported to HMLA-267 in August 2016 to serve as the S-4 OIC and prepare the squadron for Unit Deployment program 17.1. In the last month of the UDP, he served as both the S-4 and as the Operations officer for the squadron. Upon return, he continued to serve as the OPSO for 12 months before becoming the Executive Officer. Major Fahey served as the Executive Officer during UDP 19.1 deployment, acting as the ADVON OIC for both UDP 19.1 and 31st MEU in deployment and redeployment.
In September 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Fahey reported to OPNAV N98 Expeditionary Branch as the Department of the Navy Aircraft Survivability Equipment Requirements Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Fahey has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal-Strike/Flight with Bronze Numeral 12, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.