Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags is a native of DeKalb, Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class '99, and holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
After being designated a naval aviator in October 1983, he immediately reported to Training Squadron (VT) 3 at North Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, as a T-34C flight instructor.
Grosklags served operational tours with Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadrons (HS) 34 and 42, where he flew the SH-2F and SH-60B, respectively. Grosklags made multiple deployments with the USS John Hancock (DD 981), USS Donald B. Beary (FF 1085), USS Comte de Grasse (DD 974) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). He later served as both executive and commanding officer of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18.
Grosklags’ acquisition tours include engineering test pilot and assignments as MH-60R assistant program manager for systems engineering, H-60 assistant program manager for test and evaluation, MH-60R deputy program manager and ultimately as program manager for Multi-Mission Helicopters (PMA-299), during which time the MH-60R was successfully introduced to the fleet. Grosklags also served as operations officer and subsequently as deputy program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)).
Grosklags has served flag tours as commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operation, NAVAIR, vice commander, PEO(A) and principal military deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition). In October 2015, he assumed responsibilities as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command.
He has more than 5,000 military flight hours in numerous types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. Grosklags is a proud but humble co-owner of the Green Bay Packers and works weekends providing free labor on his wife’s farm.