Rear Adm. Paula Dunn, a Michigan native and daughter of a World War II veteran, was commissioned in 1993 through Navy Officer Candidate School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dunn’s deployments include Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in Iraq; Operation Nomad Shadow in Ankara, Turkey; the Joint Investigation Group for the sinking of ROKN Cheonan in Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea; Operation Tomodachi following a major earthquake and tsunami in Japan, underway aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) with U.S. 7th Fleet; and two contingency missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation, Bahrain.
Her shore assignments include serving as public affairs officer at Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five in Milton, Florida; action officer at the Chief of Navy Information News Desk in the Pentagon; director of broadcast and publishing operations at the Naval Media Center in Washington D.C., deputy director of Navy Office of Information U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and special assistant for public affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Her command leadership assignments include Navy Office of Information U.S. 7th Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan; Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, San Diego, California; and Navy Office of Information U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain.
Dunn assumed the duties of vice chief of information Sept. 25, 2019. In this role, she leads the Navy Reserve Public Affairs community consisting of more than 500 Reserve public affairs officers and enlisted mass communication specialists worldwide.
Dunn earned Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) I at U.S. Naval War College and Advanced JPME at U.S. Joint Forces Staff College. She earned two Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America, a Thomas Jefferson Award from the Department of Defense, and a Thompson-Ravitz Award for Excellence in Navy Public Affairs. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal and various other campaign and unit awards.