Paul Joseph Kaylor


24 September 2020 Capt. Kaylor is a native of Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated fireman, was selected to gas turbine systems technician (mechanical) chief petty officer in 1995, and commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in April 1998. He converted to surface warfare officer in 2005, and graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics. He also holds a Masters of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and completed Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS).
Capt. Kaylor assumed command of Engineering Assessments Atlantic in June 2019. In his most recent assignment, he served as military assistant to deputy chief of staff strategic plans and policy at NATO HQ Strategic Allied Command Transformation (SACT).
Afloat, Capt. Kaylor completed his early sea assignments aboard the USS Haleakala (AE-25) homeported at Apra Harbor, Guam, USS Antietam (CG-54) homeported in Long Beach, California, USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) and USS John Young (DD-973) homeported in San Diego, California.
Following commissioning, he served as main propulsion assistant aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Dubuque (LPD-8) homeported in San Diego, California. As a department head, he served as engineering officer aboard USS McCampbell (DDG-85) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan and USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) homeported in San Diego, California. He also served as executive officer, fleeting up to commanding officer, in USS Nitze (DDG 94) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia from 2014-2017, deploying twice in support of Fifth and Sixth Fleets in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Ashore, Capt. Kaylor completed his duty assignments at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Long Beach, California; Special Boat Team Twelve, Coronado, California; and Policy Planner, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Plans and Policy Branch (N5), Norfolk, Virginia.
Capt. Kaylor’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various service campaign and unit decorations. He is also the recipient of the Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award and the 2007 Destroyer Squadron Fifteen Tactician of the Year Award.

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