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Submarine Group 10 Chief of Staff


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Commander  |  Chief of Staff  |  Command Master Chief

Captain  Paul L. Dinius
Chief of Staff


Capt. Paul L. Dinius is a native of California and graduated from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program at Norwich. Dinius holds master’s degrees in mechanical engineering (1999) from the University of Oklahoma and in engineering management (2004) from Old Dominion University. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College Correspondence Course (JPME Phase I) and Joint Forces Staff College (JPME Phase II). He is also a licensed professional engineer in mechanical engineering with the state of Oklahoma.

Dinius’ shipboard assignments include USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Alabama (SSBN 731) (Gold), combat systems officer in USS Hampton (SSN 767), executive officer in USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) and commanding officer (CO) in USS Helena (SSN 725).

Shore assignments include assistant professor of Naval Science, NROTC, University of Oklahoma; submarine department head detailer (PERS-42) Navy Personnel Command; special assistant to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, and the deputy director of the Commander’s Action Group at US Strategic Command; senior member of the Commander, Submarine Force Pacific (COMSUBPAC) Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team and COMSUBPAC force navigator; executive assistant to Commander, Navy Personnel Command and CO staff enlisted; and commanding officer of Trident Refit Facility Kings Bay.

His awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, three Battle Efficiency E awards and four Meritorious Unit Commendations. An avid runner, he ran the Boston Marathon in 2017 and 2018 and qualified for the 2020 event.