Assistant Professor of Military Science/ MSIII Instructor
Major Paul James Thiessen graduated from high school in San Francisco, California, and joined the United States Army in 1993. He attended and completed Military Police (MP) One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and was subsequently assigned to the 209th Military Police Company and the MP Non-Commisioned Officer Academy at Fort McClellan. While stationed at Fort McClellan, MAJ Thiessen held the positions of Military Police driver, gunner, team leader and administrative assistant to the Military Police Regimental Command Sergeant Major. In 1999 MAJ Thiessen was awarded an Army "Green to Gold" scholarship, attended Jacksonville State University, and graduated in 2002, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.
MAJ Thiessen completed the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 2003, and was assigned to the 501st Military Police Company (Divisional), 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany. While in the 501st Military Police Company he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving as a MP Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. In early 2006, MAJ Thiessen returned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to attend the MP Captain’s Career Course, and completed a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. In late 2006, he was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 3d Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and served as the Brigade Provost Marshal. While assigned to the 4-3 BCT he deployed to the Babil Province in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, MAJ Thiessen assumed command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB), 4-3 BCT. Upon completion of command in 2010, MAJ Thiessen was assigned to Operations Group, National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California where he served as the primary Military Police Observer Coach Trainer.
MAJ Thiessen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University, and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals; two Meritorious Service Medals; three Army Commendation Medals; five Army Achievement Medals; one Army Good Conduct Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal for Expedition and Service; Humanitarian Service Ribbon; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Air Assault Badge; Parachutists Badge, and the Gold German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge.