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                            Rear Admiral Paul J. Schlise

                                                                  Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Rear Admiral Paul J. Schlise

Deputy Commander,

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command





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 NROTC program.  He holds a Masters 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 in USS Flint (AE 32) and USS Antietam (CG 54), as Commissioning Weapons/Combat Systems Officer in USS Hopper (DDG 70), Executive Officer, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), Commanding Officer, USS Halsey (DDG 97) and Deputy/Commodore, Destroyer Squadron Seven embarked in USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).  In 2012, he executed Destroyer Squadron Seven’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), and as Deputy, Weapons and Sensors on the staff of the Director, Surface Warfare (N96) at the Pentagon.

He assumed duties as Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. Fifth Fleet in July 2017.

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.