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U.S. Army Officer

1972-1994

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference
---Robert Frost

 

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Welcome to my web site. This site shares my experiences as an Army officer as I rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. I entered the last class of Women's Army Corps (WAC) officers, Class #42, in 1972. From there I served through the integration of women into the Army. During my 22 years on active duty, conflicts were fought in Vietnam, Panama, Somalia, Grenada and the Persian Gulf. I retired in 1994 and now live in northern California.


Military History

Lieutenant Colonel Paula Molnar retired from the Army on August 1, 1994 after 22 years of active federal service. She served in her last Army assignment as the Professor of Military Science for the ROTC program at Santa Clara University from June 1992 until her retirement. Previously, she was assigned to the Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters, Sixth United States Army, Presidio of San Francisco, in September 1989. Molnar was also stationed at the Pentagon from 1986-89 where she worked in community relations for the Chief of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Entering the Army in 1972 with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps, Molnar was later detailed to the Adjutant General Corps upon disestablishment of the WAC in 1978. She has served as an Army band officer, a personnel management officer, an assistant professor of military science, and a public affairs officer. Assignments include Commander of the Women's Army Corps Band (14th Army Band WAC) at Fort McClellan, Alabama; administrative officer for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineers, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany; personnel management officer at Headquarters, 21st Support Command in Germany and later at the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia; assistant professor of military science at Jacksonville State University, Alabama; and public affairs officer for the 172d Infantry Brigade and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Throughout her career, Lieutenant Colonel Molnar was assigned as a trailblazer in several positions to pave the way for other Army women to follow.

Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal. She also holds the Department of the Army Staff Badge and the Parachute Badge.

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Graduate degrees include a Master of Education in Human Services from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration in Political Science from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. She attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, where she studied public relations. She was born in Galveston, Texas.

Now fully retired, Paula has completed vocational certificates in computer courses at the local junior college. She has earned college Certificates in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and HTML. She also does web design using Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.

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    1992 - 1994 
    Professor of Military Science
    SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
    SANTA CLARA
    CALIFORNIA
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    1989 - 1992
    Inspector General
    6th Army HQ
    PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO
    SAN FRANCISCO
    CALIFORNIA
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    1986 - 1989
    Army Public Affairs
    OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    PENTAGON
    VIRGINIA
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    1983 - 1985
    Chief, Enlisted Personnel Management
    INTELLIGENCE SECURITY COMMAND
    ARLINGTON HALL STATION
    VIRGINIA
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    1982 - 1983
    Public Affairs Officer
    172d INFANTRY BRIGADE
    FORT WAINWRIGHT
    ALASKA
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    1979 - 1982
    Assistant Professor of Military Science
    JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
    JACKSONVILLE
    ALABAMA
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    1977 - 1979
    Enlisted Personnel Management Officer
    21ST THEATER AREA SUPPORT COMMAND
    KAISERSLAUTERN
    GERMANY
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    1976 - 1977
    Administrative Officer
    Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineers,
    US ARMY HEADQUARTERS EUROPE
    HEIDELBERG
    GERMANY
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    1972 - 1975
    Executive Officer & Commander
    WOMEN's ARMY CORPS BAND
    (14th Army Band)
    FORT MCCLELLAN
    ALABAMA

Contact Paula at tini_94928@yahoo.com

This site was last updated on 6/8/08