PAUL Manglona Jr., a civil engineer corps officer in the U.S. Navy, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander on Sept. 10, 2021 at the Seabees Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
The son of Sen. Paul A. Manglona, LCDR Manglona Jr. attended Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja on Rota, and graduated from Father Duenas Memorial School on Guam in 2006.
He then went on to pursue and earn a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2010, and a master of science degree in ocean and resources engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2016. Manglona Jr. is certified as a professional engineer in the state of Arizona.
After attending Officer Candidate School in September 2010, Manglona Jr. reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, Port Hueneme, CA. During his first tour, he was deployed to Afghanistan, Okinawa, and Timor Leste where he served as material liaison officer and detail operations officer.
In September 2012, he 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 the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, San Diego, California. After a three-month training pipeline, he was deployed to Afghanistan as the team engineer for a provincial reconstruction team Farah.
In December 2013, Manglona Jr. reported to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command in Hawaii and served as the facilities support contracts manager and also as a deputy team leader in one of the construction teams. During this tour, he was accepted into the Ocean Facilities Program, and attended the University of Hawaii. After graduating in December 2016, he underwent training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, FL.
In September 2017, Manglona Jr. reported to Underwater Construction Team ONE, Virginia Beach, VA and assumed the duties of executive officer.
After his two-year tour, Manglona Jr. was assigned as the resident officer in charge of construction in Keflavik, Iceland, where he oversaw $68 million in military construction projects in support of defense objectives in the North Atlantic.
LCDR Manglona Jr. is currently assigned to a staff tour at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.
He is designated as a seabee combat warfare officer. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awards, and various service and campaign medals.