Mr. Pavey is a retired Marine Corps Officer and Naval Aviator. He was commissioned through the NROTC Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan while graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
Upon graduation from college he was commissioned and completed naval aviation flight training. His first tour was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251) flying the F/A-18 Hornet during which he completed two overseas deployments with Carrier Air Wing One aboard the USS George Washington and USS John F. Kennedy in support of Operation Southern Watch. Between deployments Mr. Pavey attended and graduated from the Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) School.
Following these Middle East deployments, Mr. Pavey was selected as an Air Force F-16 Marine Corps Exchange Pilot. Assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron (308th FS) at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ, he successfully completed F-16 transition training and spent three years instructing Air Force F-16 Viper pilots.
Returning to the F/A-18 Hornet, Mr. Pavey was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-212) in Iwakuni, Japan. He deployed in support of numerous exercises within the Pacific area of operations to include Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa, Singapore, and Australia.
Having excelled in the training and education aspect of naval aviation, Mr. Pavey was selected to participate in the Marine Corps Advance Degree Program. He attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education. His final active duty assignment was with the Marine Corps University as an Academic Curriculum Advisor.
Following retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Pavey has been the Dean of Aviation at West Michigan Aviation Academy since the fall of 2012. He continues to be extremely excited to share the passion of aviation with students, faculty, and administrators. Mr. Pavey recently completed a “flying sabbatical” in corporate aviation flying with Universal Forest Products earning a type rating in the Citation X+ from Flight Safety and flying throughout the United States.