Lieutenant Colonel Paul Armstrong currently serves as U.S. Army instructor and military faculty for Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College. Prior to this appointment, he served as assistant professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Department of Tactics. Colonel Armstrong served in a variety of senior staff, command, and advisory positions within the Army over the last two decades of service to the Nation.
From 2012 to 2014, he served as Team Chief for the Army Operations Center, in the National Military Command Center, reporting on and synchronizing current operations for senior Army officials.
Prior to serving as Team Chief for the Army Operations Center, Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong served as the force protection officer for 25th Infantry Division, Scofield Barracks, Hawaii (2011-2012) While deployed to Iraq, he was responsible for completing the final nine base transitions to draw down U.S. Forces in Southern Iraq while maintaining essential protection assets to cover through the last ground movement out of theater.
From 2009 to 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong served as the operations officer for 2nd Squadron 14th Cavalry and the 25th Infantry Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. As the operations officer, he deployed his squadron to India in support of Operation Yudh Abhyas and deployed the battalion to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in Baghdad, Iraq.
Prior to his battalion level operations officer duty, Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong served as a Military Training Team (MiTT) Team Leader in Sadr City Iraq. He deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade (Falcons) and completed his tour with 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade (Iron Brigade). During his time as an advisor the Shia uprising occurred and the Gold Wall was built in Sadr City.
Before being assigned to Sadr City, Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong learned Chinese at Defense Language Institute and served a tour assigned to the U.S. Embassy, Beijing. While there he traveled to over 40 different cities in China and 12 surrounding countries gaining a better understanding for the Asia Pacific region.
In company grade level tactical assignments Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong served at a light infantry company commander, battalion assistant operations officer, brigade assistant logistics officer, bridge training officer, battalion S-3 air and platoon leader. In 1997 he deployed with his platoon to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Guard.
Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the United States Military Academy, master’s degree in International Relations from Webster University and two graduate level certificates from the National Intelligence University. His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (1OLC), Army Meritorious Service Medal (2OLCs), Army Commendation Medal (1OLCs), Army Achievement Medal (2OLCs), National Defense Service Medal (2nd BS), Armed Forces Expeditionary and Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the NATO Medal. Holds both the Combat and Expert Infantrymen’s Badges, Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Badge and is Ranger Qualified.