Paul Makani Christensen served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during his service from 2003 - 2008, earning multiple medals including the Combat Action Ribbon, for performance under enemy fire in combat. His war experience in both Afghanistan (May 2004 - Jan 2005) and Iraq (Oct 2006 - May 2007) exemplified his leadership skills, logistical thinking, strategic management, compassion and loyalty to his country, home, and shipmates. His role as a Supply Officer in 2004 successfully charged the deployment of the very first Marine unit from Hawaii to Afghanistan. His success of increased stability and governance in Iraq earned him the Joint Service Commendation Medal while serving as a Liaison Officer in the Strategic Effects Division.
The Naval Academy
Makani was fortunate to have been recommended by U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka for the United States Naval Academy. He was accepted by the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy, and his years of rigorous officer training and dedication to honors of truth, fairness, and respect, shaped his values for all areas of life, both professional and personal. First, completing the Naval Academy's Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island in the top 10% of his class, he continued in Annapolis, Maryland. Makani graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.