Commander Patrick Havel
Hailing from Stafford, VA, CDR Havel earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000.
Upon graduation from Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, he served two years as the Communications Officer aboard USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG-60) homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI; where he qualified as Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer.
In 2003 he laterally transferred to the Meteorology and Oceanography community (METOC) and served three years as Assistant Operations Officer at the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Pearl Harbor, HI, where he qualified as Forecast Duty Officer, Ship Routing Officer, and Command Duty Officer.
He earned a master’s degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Navy Post-graduate School in Monterey, CA in 2009; he then served two years as the METOC Officer aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) homeported in Norfolk, VA, where he qualified as a Command Duty Officer (underway) and Information Warfare Officer.
In 2011 he reported to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany as the Staff Oceanographer; where he served as the Senior METOC Officer for three years, and from 2013-2014 also served as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff. CDR Havel subsequently graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA completing Joint Professional Military Education and earning the Joint Qualified Officer designator.
From 2014-2016 he served as the Executive Officer of the Fleet Survey Team in Stennis, MS.
In 2016 he reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC, where he served the Oceanographer of the Navy as a Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution analyst and the Director for Undersea Warfare as the Requirements Officer for Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems.
Since November 2018 he has served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Ocean Processing Facility in Whidbey Island, WA.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal , Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards.