A native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Rear Adm. Paul Schlise is a surface warfare officer, and a 1989 graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business. He was commissioned through Marquette’s Naval ROTC program. He holds a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and was a 2015-16 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow.
He has completed nine deployments, participating in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Desert Fox and Tomodachi. He served aboard USS Flint (AE 32), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53); and commanded USS Halsey (DDG 97) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. In 2012, he executed DESRON 7's homeport shift to U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces in Singapore.
Ashore, he served twice on the Chief of Naval Operations staff for Director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N96). He also served at Navy Personnel Command, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS 41); and on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans & Policy Directorate (J5). His initial flag assignment was as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
He assumed duties as commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 in June 2019.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.