Campbell native and Memorial High School graduate, Captain Nicholas Pacalo received his commission in 1956, through the Naval Aviation Cadet Program (NAVCAD). During his 23 years of active naval service and two years of active reserves, Captain Pacalo served in various capacities including Aviator, Aviation Safety Specialist Program Manager, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot C-130 Aircraft, and flew combat airlift missions in Vietnam. Captain Pacalo also investigated naval air crashes and made recommendations to the staff on how to avoid future accidents. His first tour of duty in safety resulted in his assignment to the Pentagon for eight years as an aviation safety advisor to the senior Navy staff in the 1070’s. While at the Pentagon, he obtained a master’s degree in safety from the University of Southern California. At the time USC had an MS in safety extension program located in Washington D.C. Captain Pacalo did his doctoral studies at the University of West Virginia.
When he retired from the Navy in 1979, Captain Pacalo and his family relocated to Indiana, Pennsylvania where he accepted a full-time teaching position in the safety science department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served as the chairperson of the safety science department for three years retiring in 1994.
Captain Pacalo lives in Boardman with his wife, Rose. In retirement, he and his son wrote and published a manual for industry entitled “The Industrial Accident Investigation Techniques Manual”. He is a professional Member of both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. He is also a life member of the Military Officers Association of America.