Rear Admiral Paul Edward Tobin, Jr., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1963 and reported to USSTowers (DDG 9) where he served as First Lieutenant and Main Propulsion assistant. After graduating with distinction from the Naval Destroyer School in 1966, he was assigned as Engineer Officer in USS Davis(DD 937) where he was awarded a Bronze Star for operations associated with the salvage of USS Liberty(AGTR 5) after that ship sustained heavy combat damage in the 1967 Mideast War. In 1968, he commenced postgraduate studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, which culminated in a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management. In 1970, he joined the staff of Naval Destroyer School as head of the Technical Training Branch and as an engineering instructor in the Department Head and PCO/PXO Departments.
Rear Admiral Tobin reported as Aide and Flag Secretary to the Commander, Naval Forces Vietnam in 1971. He returned to sea duty in 1973 as Executive Officer in USS Koelsch (FF 1049). Upon completing this tour, he reported as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the President of the Naval War College and subsequently graduated with distinction from the Naval Command and Staff course. In 1976, he reported to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and served in the Systems Analysis Division (OP-96).
In 1979, he assumed command of USS Tattnall (DDG 19), where he completed two Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf deployments. In 1981, he reported as Chief Engineer in USS Forrestal (CV 59), where he served for two years and participated in the 1981 Gulf of Sidra operations, two Mediterranean deployments and the initial phase of the Carrier Service Life Extension Program. In 1984, he graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
In September 1984, he assumed command of USS Fox (CG 33) in San Diego, California. During this tour he completed a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. He assumed command of the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, Rhode Island, in July 1986. In October 1988, he assumed duties as Director, Department of the Navy Information Resources Management, and Director, Information Management Support Division (OP –945). He also served as Director, Naval Communication/Information Systems.
In August 1990, he assumed command of Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific, Task Force 73, and Task Force 75. In this capacity he oversaw the reorganization of naval surface forces in the Western Pacific. He then assumed the duties as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, Personal Readiness and Community Support (Pers-6) in September 1992. In June 1994, Rear Admiral Tobin assumed his duties as Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training. His Final assignment was Oceanographer of the Navy (1996-1998).
After retiring from active duty in, 1998, Rear Admiral Tobin became the Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) in Fairfax, Virginia.
From July 2005 to June 2008, Rear Admiral Tobin served at the 11th Director of Naval History.
Rear Admiral Tobin's personal Awards include: Two Distinguished Service Medal's, four Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and three Navy Commendation Medals.