Speaker for MOAACC Luncheon Colonel Robert J Pavelko, Vice Commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB.
Date: 3/18/2014 Time: 11:30 AM
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Location: The luncheon is held in the ballroom at the Tides Collocated Club on A1A across from Patrick AFB.
Program: Our original speaker for the month of March, Brig Gen Nina Armagno was forced to cancel because of a conflict in schedule. We are looking forward to our replacement speaker, Colonel Robert J. Pavelko, Vice Commander of the 45th Space Wing here at Patrick AFB
COLONEL ROBERT J. PAVELKO
Colonel Robert J. Pavelko is the Vice Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. He serves as a Launch Decision Authority with final approval for launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area which supports an average of 15 launches per year aboard various launch vehicles. He leads more than 2,000 professionals, assigned to operating locations in Florida, Ascension and Antigua and an additional 90 deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Colonel Pavelko graduated from the University of Southern California with an Aerospace Engineering degree and received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1991. His career includes service in the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison; satellite command and control research and development; ICBM operations; and command of a space operations detachment and squadron.
Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Pavelko was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1991 Bachelor of Science degree, Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Master of Business Administration (Aerospace) degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2006 Intermediate Developmental Education, Master of Space Systems degree, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2007 Air War College, correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
1. April 1992 – April 1996, F-16 Project Manager, Advanced Fighter Engines, and Chief, Increased Performance Engine Field Support Team, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. April 1996 – December 1998, Program Manager, Maintenance Skills Tutor Program, and Lead
Systems Engineer, USTRANSCOM Regulating and Command & Control Evacuation System, Brooks
3. January 1999 – August 1999, Student, Undergraduate Space and Missile Training, and Minuteman III
ICBM Initial Qualification Training, 392d Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
4. August 1999 – November 2000, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander; Missile Combat Crew
Commander; and Assistant Flight Commander/Instructor, 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB,
5. December 2000 – August 2002, Assistant Chief, ICBM Standardization and Evaluation, 90th
Operations Group, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. September 2002 – May 2005, Chief, Congressional Relations, and Executive Officer to the Director,
Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force,
7. May 2005 – June 2006, Student, Intermediate Developmental Education, Air Force Institute of
Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. June 2006 – June 2007, Commander, Detachment 3, 22d Space Operations Squadron, Thule Air
9. July 2007 – June 2009, Deputy Commander, Satellite Control and Network Systems Group, Los
Angeles AFB, Calif.
10. July 2009 – July 2010, Commander, 21st Space Operations Squadron, Onizuka AFS, Calif.
11. July 2010 – July 2011, Commander, 21st Space Operations Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
12. July 2011 – May 2012, National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass.
13. June 2012 – Present, Vice Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 9, 1991
First Lieutenant October 23, 1993
Captain October 23, 1995
Major August 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2006
Colonel May 1, 2012
(Current as of June 2012)