Rear Admiral Paula Brown, a Washington native, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, and was a direct commission to the Civil Engineer Corps in July 1982. She reported to active duty in Washington D.C. from October 1982 through December 1986.
Brown completed a Masters degree at the George Washington University in January 1987 and subsequently affiliated with the Navy Reserves in 1988.
Her command tours include commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18 from 1999 – 2001 when the battalion was awarded the Pacific Battle E, and commander, First Naval Construction Regiment, Port Hueneme, California, from 2003 – 2005. Mobilized as the commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment (rear) for seven months in Pearl Harbor with the Pacific Seabees, and then served as commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment (forward) in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006.
Returning from her Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, she became the commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, contingency officer in charge of construction, then served as deputy chief of staff for Engineering, commander Naval Forces Korea. Brown served a six-month active duty tour as vice commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific in 2009. Her first flag officer assignment was as the deputy commander, First Naval Construction Division. Her current assignment is deputy commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and deputy chief of the Civil Engineers.
She has filled a variety of positions including being recalled to active duty during Desert Shield/Storm and has had staff tours with the First Naval Construction Regiment, 31st Naval Construction Regiment, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18, Third Naval Construction Brigade, Engineering Field Activity Pacific and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters.
A qualified Seabee Combat Warfare officer, Fleet Marine Force qualified officer, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Level III contracting officer, Brown has completed Joint Professional Education levels I and II, earned the Legion of Merit (three), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), Battle E, Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Brown is a registered civil engineer in both Oregon and California and an environmental engineer in Oregon.