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Carrier group commander's sailing career started in Door County

The new commander of the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group 10 learned seamanship on the waters surrounding Door County.  Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, a Sturgeon Bay native, assumed his new command June 21st.  Schlise operates the group from the helm of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He says the lessons he learned as a lad through sailing classes at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club are just as applicable even though he's sailing larger vessels with thousands of crew members.

 

 

Schlise received his naval commission upon graduation from Marquette University.  Over his 30-year career, Schlise has seen some tense moments. One of those happened when he was stationed aboard the ammunition ship USS Flint just as events that would lead to Operation: Desert Storm started to unfold.

 

 

Rear Admiral Schlies, however, says he couldn't see himself in any other career than with the U.S. Navy.  He says he'll likely remain on active duty for a few years more.

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