Commander Robert D. Pacek

Commanding Officer, 15 July 1983 to 19 July 1985

CDR R. D. Pacek


CAPT Pacek retired from the Navy in 1992 after 27 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. While primarily a Cruiser/ Destroyer sailor he also served in Amphibs and as a Swiftboat OIC in Vietnam. He served as the commissioning XO of OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) homeported in Mayport, FL, then commanded USS KING (DDG-41) homeported in Norfolk, VA.

After CAPT Pacek left KING, he served in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director for Information Systems. This involved developing strategy for implementing Information Resources Management aspects of Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 which integrated USMC and USN activities for policy and separated program execution at the Service level. He also chaired the Navy Paperless Ship Working Group which explored the use of technologies such as CD-ROM and WORM in shipboard environment.

In 1987, CAPT Pacek’s assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, USS HALSEY (CG-23) in San Diego, CA. While aboard HALSEY, he developed a tailored training program to modify “Hot War” tactics, techniques and procedures for the peacetime engagement environment of the Persian Gulf. Other achievements aboard HALSEY included defining the role of the Air Warfare Commander for Joint Task Force Middle East, launching a project to identify methods of reducing administrative workload, and achieving a threefold increase in productivity through functional integration and the introduction of automation technologies such as PC networking and optical-storage based document management systems.

After leaving HALSEY in 1989, CAPT Pacek reported to the United States Joint Military Staff in Washington, D. C. as Chief of the Joint Exercise and training Division. He was the principal planner for exercise and training including Program Manager Responsibilities for the $400M Annual Joint Exercise Program comprising over 100 annual Joint Staff or Combatant Commander sponsored exercises: live, simulated, command post, computer-assisted and hybrid. CAPT Pacek also guided the establishment of a field activity, The Joint Warfare Center, as the center of excellence for the use of computer simulations in joint training.

Upon retiring from the Navy in 1992, CAPT Pacek became the Vice president for Operations of Advance, Inc. in Arlington, VA., a small information technology consulting and integration services firm specializing in networking, imaging and software development.

In 1995, CAPT Pacek went on to serve as the Senior Vice President, Information Services and Customer Care, for United States Satellite Broadcasting, Incorporated (USSB), St. Paul, MN., one of two initial providers of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television entertainment programming based on digital satellite broadcasting technology.

CAPT Pacek then went on to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., El Segundo CA. He re-engineered systems development and technical architecture supporting all sales channels, marketing, and customer service businesses including provisioning, billing, customer support, sales/customer analytics, and financial and supply chain systems.

CAPT Pacek has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Master’s of Art in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

CAPT Pacek and his wife Kathleen moved to Williamsburg (Kingsmill) from Los Angeles in 2006. Since leaving DIRECTV, he spends his time as an operations and infrastructure advisor to start up businesses while trying to improve his fly fishing skills and contemplating a run at learning how to play golf.