Rear Admiral Pachuta assumed the duties of Director,
Health Services, Headquarters Marine Corps and Medical Officer of the U.S. Marine
Corps in January 2016.
Promoted to Rear Admiral in October 2013,
he served as Director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy, OPNAV N0931 from
September 2013 to December 2015.
Adm. Pachuta’s senior executive medicine assignments include: Executive
Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Navy from August 2012 to September
2013; Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka and principal medical
advisor to the Commander, Navy Region/Naval Forces Japan from July 2010 to July
2012; Executive Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa July 2008 to June 2010;
and Officer-in-Charge, Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport Florida from August
2006 to October 2007.
executive operational assignments include: Deputy Commander, Joint Medical
Group / Deputy Surgeon, JTF Guantanamo and Officer-in-Charge of the Detention
Hospital from January to June 2008; Commanding Officer, 3d Dental
Battalion/USNDC Okinawa from July 2004 to July 2006; Executive Officer, 2d
Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center Camp Lejeune from August 2002 to July 2004
where he deployed with 2D FSSG in February 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi
He served as the Senior Dental
Officer in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) from July 1998 to July 2000 and deployed
with Enterprise Battle Group participating in Operations Desert Fox and
Southern Watch, and support of NATO operations in the Mediterranean and
Additional operational and overseas assignments
include: 2d Dental Company, Camp Lejeune, NC from July 1985 to July 1988 with assignment
to MSSG-26, supporting 26th MAU (SOC) deployed in USS Inchon (LPH
12); USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) from April 1989 to May 1991with deployment in
support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 3d Dental Battalion/USNDC
Okinawa from July 1994 to July 1996; and U.S. Naval Dental Center Guam/Branch
Dental Clinic Guam from July 1996 to July 1998.
Pachuta is a native of Beckley, West
Virginia and a 1985 graduate of the West Virginia University School of
Dentistry. He completed residency
training in Comprehensive Dentistry at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in
Bethesda in July 1994 and concurrently earned a Master of Science degree in
Health Sciences from The George Washington University.
In July 2000 he returned to the Naval
Postgraduate Dental School where he served as Chairman of the General Dentistry
Department, Chairman for Military Dentistry and provided dental support to the
Presidential Support Team.
received the American Hospital Association, 2011 Federal Health Care Executive
of the Year Award for Excellence. He is as
a Diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry, Board Certified
by the American Board of General Dentistry, and is recognized as a Fellow in
the International College of Dentists and a Fellow in the American College of
Dentists. He maintains professional memberships in the American College of
Healthcare Executives, the American Dental Association, the Academy of
Operative Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry.
awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Bronze Star, Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards. He is designated as a
Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and a Fleet Marine Force Qualified