Pavel is a graduate of both Valley Forge Military Academy & College, where he received his ROTC commission, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a dual BA in Political Science and International Relations. Upon graduation, Pavel was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and served a tour in Afghanistan with 4th Infantry Division. After transitioning to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Pavel successfully completed two tours to Jordan/Iraq/Syria as part of a regional special operations task force, serving in a variety of intelligence and operation roles throughout the region. His most recent role took him to the US Embassy, Amman Jordan. Outside of work, Pavel enjoys collecting rare bourbons, traveling with his wife and German Shepherd, and backcountry skiing. As a rising MBA Candidate at Michigan Ross, Pavel is passionate about paying it forward for the veteran community after walking a similar path.