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.

   paul Smith


MSgt Paul A. Smith, USMC(Ret.) - Naval Science Instructor

Master Sergeant Paul A. Smith is a native of  Providence, Rhode Island.  He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, Providence, RI, in June 1973, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1973.  He completed recruit training at MCRD, San Diego, CA, then reported to Infantry Training School for training as a Machine Gunner.  Upon completion of Infantry Training School, in February 1974, where he graduated as Company Honor Man, he reported to Sea School at MCRD, San Diego.  Upon graduation from Sea School, he reported to his first permanent duty station as part of the Marine Detachment onboard USS Oriskany (CVA-34), homeported at Alameda Naval Air Station.  Subsequent duty assignments included:  Lima Company, Weapons Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, as a Machine Gun Squad Leader; Alpha Company, Weapons Platoon, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, as a Machine Gun Section Leader; Echo Company, Weapons Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, as a Platoon Sergeant; Marine Security Guard Battalion, Henderson Hall, Headquarters Marine Corps, Arlington, VA; Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD, San Diego, CA, as both a Drill Instructor and a Senior Drill Instructor; H&HS 38, Marine Air Group 38, Marine Corps Air Station, Santa Ana, CA; HQ Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; Inspector & Instructor staff, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Baltimore, MD; Headquarters Company, MCRD, San Diego, CA; Supply Company, 1st Supply Battalion, 1st FSSG, Camp Pendleton, CA, as Company Gunnery Sergeant; CSSD, 1st Supply Battalion, Mogadishu, Somalia, as Detachment Gunnery sergeant; Medical Logistics Company, 1st Supply Battalion, 1st FSSG, Camp Pendleton, CA, as Company First Sergeant; Deployed Support Unit, Camp Pendleton, CA, as Assistant Officer-in-Charge.

Master Sergeant Smith retired from the United States Marine Corps on July 31, 1995, having completed 22 years of active Marine Corps Service.  

Master Sergeant Smith was in his second year of college at the University of Rhode Island when he left to move to Phoenix.  He will be enrolling at ASU to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development.

Decorations and awards include: Meritorious Service Medal; Navy-Marine Corps Achievement medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Ribbon, with one bronze oak leaf; Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, with two bronze stars; Good Conduct Medal, with one silver star and one bronze star; National Defense Service Medail, with one bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal, with three bronze stars; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, with three bronze stars; Drill Instructor Ribbon.

Master Sergeant Smith was a Marine Instructor (MI) at the MCJROTC Unit, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, in Boston, MA, from September 1995 to October 2004.  He started the program at that school and was the first instructor.  His drill teams were noted as one of the top JROTC drill teams in the Northeast.  In 2003, his drill team won the Massachusett's State Governor's Cup drill meet, and came in second at the National High School Drill Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Master Sergeant Smith is married to the former Lisa Marie Monteiro of Cranston, RI.  They have one daughter, and two sons.