Paula Brown, a Washington native, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California and was a direct commission to the Civil Engineer Corps in July 1982. She then reported to active duty in Washington DC through December 1986.
Rear Admiral Brown completed a Masters Degree at the George Washington University in January 1987 and subsequently affiliated with the Navy Reserves in 1988.
Her command tours include Commanding Officer of NMCB Eighteen from 1999 – 2001 when the Battalion was awarded the Pacific Battle ‘E’, and Commander, FIRST Naval Construction Regiment, Port Hueneme California from 2003 – 2005. Mobilized as the Commander, Thirtieth Naval Construction Regiment (rear) for seven months in Pearl Harbor with the Pacific Seabees, and then served as Commander, Thirtieth NCR (Fwd) in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006.
Returning from deployment, she became the Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Contingency Officer In Charge of Construction, then served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering, Commander Naval Forces Korea. RDML Brown served a six-month active duty tour as Vice Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific in 2009. Her first flag officer and current assignment is as Deputy Commander, First Naval Construction Division.
She has filled a variety of positions including being recalled to active duty for 13 months during Desert Shield/Storm and has had staff tours with the FIRST Naval Construction Regiment, Thirty-First Naval Construction Regiment, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eighteen, Third Naval Construction Brigade, Engineering Field Activity Pacific and Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
RDML Brown is a Seabee Combat Warfare Qualified Officer, Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer, and Defense Acquisition Workforce Level III Contracting Officer, and has completed Joint Professional Education levels I and II, earned the Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Battle ‘E’, Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
RDML Brown is a registered Civil Engineer in both Oregon and California and an Environmental Engineer in Oregon.