Manglona graduates from Naval Diving School


Lt. Paul A. Manglona, Jr., right, a civil engineer corps officer in the U.S. Navy, undergoes diving training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, Florida. (Contributed Photo)

Lt. Paul A. Manglona, Jr., a civil engineer corps officer in the U.S. Navy, graduated Monday, July 10, 2017, from the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he trained for four months to qualify as a joint diving officer.

The vision of NDSTC is to develop the “whole diver—mind, body and heart—with the skills and confidence to successfully complete missions and integrate with all combat forces to offset our adversaries in the undersea domain.”

Manglona is certified as a professional engineer in the state of Arizona. His personal decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Achievement Meda, and various service and campaign medals.

In September 2017, Manglona will be reporting to Virginia Beach, VA, where he will serve as the executive officer of Underwater Construction Team 1.

Manglona attended Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja on Rota, and graduated from Fr. Duenas Memorial School in Guam in 2006. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2010, and a master’s degree in Ocean and Resources Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2016.

After commissioning at Officer Candidate School in September 2010, Manglona reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, Port Hueneme, CA. During his first tour, he deployed to Afghanistan, Okinawa, and Timor Leste where he served as the material liaison officer and detail operations officer.

In September 2012, Manglona was temporarily assigned, for six months, to the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, Port Hueneme, CA. While there, he served as an action officer in the Theater Security Cooperation Operations Department. 

In February 2013, he reported to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, San Diego, CA. After a three-month training pipeline, he deployed to Afghanistan as the team engineer for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah.

In December 2013, Manglona reported to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii and served as the facilities support contracts manager and also as a construction manager.

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