Instructors Bios

  Paula Sawdy-Bowes

LCDR Paula F. Sawdy-Bowes, USN(Ret.) - Senior Naval Science Instructor

Lieutenant Commander Sawdy-Bowes  is native of Arizona.  Following graduation from Tempe High School in 1983, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technician (T).  Following graduation from Class "A" School, she served tours in Diego Garcia and Guam.  While in Guam, she was selected for the Enlisted Education Advancement Program (EEAP) and earned an Associates Degree of Science from Pensacola Jr. College.  She then received a scholarship to the NROTC program at Jacksonville University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.  Following graduation, she was commissioned as an Ensign in 1991. 

 
Upon completion of Surface Warfare Officer School, she was assigned to the USS NIAGARA FALLS (AFS 3), which was forward deployed out of Guam.  She was assigned as the Second Division Officer, then transferred as DIVO to the Replenishment at Sea (RASE) Division.  After earning her Surface Warfare Qualification as an Ensign and serving a deployment in the Persian Gulf in support of Southern Watch and Restore Hope Somalia, she was chosen as the ship's Navigator.  In 1994, she was detailed as the Auxiliaries Officer to the USS BARRY (DDG 52) as a member of the first group of women permanently assigned to combatant ships.  She was the first woman qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway aboard an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer.  She fleeted up as the Damage Control Assistant (DCA), where she was part of the BARRY crew that earned the prestigious Battenburg Cup as the best ship in the fleet.

She was then selected to participate in the Advancement Education Program (EAP), in which she attended Old Dominion University and earned a Masters Degree in International Relations.  In 1998, she took the lead as Surface Forces Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT) Shipboard Requirements Manpower and Plans Officer.  After presenting many briefs to COMNAVSURFLANT, she was asked to interview for and was selected as Flag Secretary for Commander Naval Region Mid-Atlantic.  In 2002, she was detailed as the Officer in Charge of the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD), Balboa,  She then served as the Department Head for the Navy Advancement Center at the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology (NETPDTC), Pensacola, FL and earned her MBA in Human Resources from Troy State University.  Her last tour on active duty was serving as the Executive Officer for the U.S. Naval Ceremonial Guard, in Washington, D.C.

Her decorations include five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign and service awards.

She is married.  She and her husband, Steve, have two daughters.



 

Chief Corey Stevens, USN (Ret.) - Naval Science Instructor

Chief Stevens is a native of Oakland, California. In August of 1992, Chief Stevens began his naval career at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois.  Upon completion of recruit training he reported for duty at Naval Air Station Meridian, MS for initial training as a Logistics Specialist. Upon graduation he reported to Naval Air Station Adak, AK in February of 1993.  In August of 1994, he reported for his first operational assignment becoming a member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, he completed deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Okinawa, Japan. There he made command history by becoming the first junior enlisted Sailor to qualify as a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist. In October of 1996 Chief Stevens headed back overseas to the island of Puerto Rico reporting for duty as an Air Transportation Specialist where his skill and acumen were vital during Hurricane Georges in 1998.

                In February of 1999, Chief Stevens was assigned a Navy Recruiter to Navy Recruiting District Phoenix.  There he made the decision to change specialties and become a Navy Career Counselor.  Upon completion of training, he reported for his first operational assignment as a counselor onboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 2002.  While attached to USS Nimitz, he earned his designation as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.  Onboard Nimitz he was directly involved in the career counseling of over 2500 Sailors.  In July of 2003 was asked to assume the role of career counseling onboard the destroyer USS Stethem, in San Diego, CA.  After a very successful tour there in June of 2005 he was selected as an Enlisted Detailer in Millington, TN. As he detailer, he Managed  Navy Enlisted Personnel policy, distribution, training quota management and career progression for 3600 active duty recruiters and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts.  In February of 2006 he volunteered for and served as a Navy Individual Augmentee in Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

                In June of 2008, Chief Stevens returned to Navy recruiting as a member of Navy Recruiting District New England in Boston, MA.  He served as the Recruiter in Charge of 3 recruiting stations enlisting more than 150 young men and women to serve their country.  In April of 2011, Chief Stevens reported for duty as the Recruiter in Charge of Navy Recruiting Station Albuquerque, NM.  Upon his retirement from the Navy in June 2012, Chief Stevens assumed the duties as Naval Science Instructor at Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM. After a very successful 5 years at Highland, Chief Stevens joined Greenway High School as the Naval Science Instructor of NJROTC.

Stevens’ academic achievements include a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Trident University; Associate of Arts in General Studies.  His personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (7), and numerous unit commendations and awards.