A native of Kennerdell, Pennsylvania, Cmdr. Paul Kaylor enlisted in the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated fireman. Kaylor soon became a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) and was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1995. Kaylor commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in April 1998, and converted to Surface Warfare Officer in 2005
Kaylor completed his early sea assignments aboard the USS Haleakala (AE-25) in Apra Harbor, Guam, USS Antietam (CG-54) in Long Beach, California, and USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) and USS John Young (DD-973) in San Diego, California.
Following commissioning, Kaylor served as Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Dubuque (LPD-8) in San Diego, California. As a Department Head, he served as Engineering Officer aboard USS McCampbell (DDG-85) in Yokosuka, Japan and USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in San Diego, California. He reported to USS Nitze (DDG 94) as Executive Officer in March 2014, and became the Commanding Officer in October 2015.
Ashore, Kaylor completed duty assignments at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Long Beach, California and Special Boat Team Twelve, Coronado, California. Most recently he served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
Kaylor’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) as well as multiple unit and service awards. He is also the recipient of the Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award and the 2007 Destroyer Squadron 15 Tactician of the Year Award.
Kaylor is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics. At the U.S. Naval War College, he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, and completed Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS).