Rear Admiral Paul V. Shebalin graduated from Old Dominion University in 1972 with a BA degree in mathematics, and, after graduation from Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I., served aboard the escort destroyer USS Lester (DE-1022), from December 1972 until she was decommissioned in December 1973, as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Officer and Assistant Gunnery Officer. From January 1974 until December 1975, Rear Adm. Shebalin served as Navigator and First Lieutenant on USS Bowen (FF-1079), deploying three times to the Mediterranean and northern Europe.
Since leaving active duty in December 1975, Rear Adm. Shebalin served in a number of Selected Reserve (SELRES) assignments. He was designated a Surface Warfare Officer in 1977 and an Engineering Duty Officer in 1986. Rear Adm. Shebalin has been Commanding Officer of four Naval Reserve Units: NR. Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Center Portsmouth Detachment 506, NR Naval Surface Weapons Center Detachment 106, NR Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters 601, and NR Naval Sea Systems Command Detachment 1506.
Recent SELRES tours include Chief Engineer in NR PMS Theater Nuclear Warfare 106 and Technical Director in NR Naval Sea Systems Command Detachment 1606. In 2002, he served on active duty for five months as Deputy Director, Navy Staff and in 2003, he served on for four months as the Deputy Commander for Mobilization at NAVSEA.
Rear Adm. Shebalin holds the Master of Science (computer science) and Doctor of Science (systems engineering) degrees from the George Washington University, the Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, and the Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Virginia. He is a 1993 graduate of the 20-week Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College and a 2000 graduate of the Reserve Component National Security Course at the National Defense University.
As a civilian, Rear Adm. Shebalin is a Senior Lecturer of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. Previously, he served as Professor of Systems Engineering Management at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC). His professional experience is primarily in weapon systems engineering and acquisition. He has held positions in both industry and federal government, including mathematician and software engineer on the Trident Fire Control System development, software development manager for a Navy automated intelligence system and for the Tomahawk VLS Wrap-Around Simulation Program, director of the software nuclear safety certification of the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, and program manager of an Intelligence Community program.
Rear Adm. Shebalin has been an adjunct professor with the George Washington University and the University of Maryland University College, teaching systems and software engineering.
Rear Adm. Shebalin's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Medal (2 awards), and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in October 2002. His current Selected Reserve assignment is with the Naval Sea Systems Command as Deputy Commander for Mobilization, with ADDU orders as the SPAWAR Reserve Flag Officer.
Updated: 25 August 2003