Rear Adm. Paul Schlise is a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. A surface warfare officer, he’s a 1989 graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business and was commissioned through Marquette’s Naval ROTC program. He holds a master’s in national security strategy from National War College, Class of 2006.
His sea assignments have been in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Arabian Gulf regions where he’s completed nine deployments, participating in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Desert Fox and Tomodachi. He served division officer tours on USS Flint (AE 32) and USS Antietam (CG 54); as commissioning weapons/combat systems officer on USS Hopper (DDG 70); executive officer, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53); commanding officer, USS Halsey (DDG 97); and deputy/commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). In 2012, he executed DESRON-7’s homeport shift to U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces in Singapore.
Ashore, he served on the chief of naval operations staff as national missile defense action officer (OPNAV N765); as deputy director, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS 41) at Navy Personnel Command; as Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division chief with the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans & Policy Directorate (J5), deputy, weapons and sensors on the staff of the director, surface warfare (N96) at the Pentagon, and most recently in July 2017 as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th feet. He assumed duties as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces in December 2018.
He’s served with Sailors awarded fleet, unit and campaign awards including the Spokane Trophy, the Arizona Memorial Trophy, the Golden Anchor award, the Battle “E” Efficiency Award, the Self-Sufficient Ship of the Year award and the Secretary of the Navy’s Energy Conservation Award.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. He was a 2015-16 fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program.