Paul Sohl
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Rear Admiral Paul A. Sohl in 2014
Born1963 (age 58–59)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1986–2019
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldOperational Test and Evaluation Force
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast
United States Naval Test Pilot School
Battles/warsGulf War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsLegion of Merit (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)

Paul Alan Sohl[1] (born 1963)[2] is a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy who served as Commander of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force.[3]

Early life

Sohl is originally from Waterloo, Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Stanford University.

Naval career

Sohl was commissioned an officer via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and became a naval aviator in 1988. Afterwards, he was assigned to VFA-113 and was deployed during the Gulf War. In 1993, he graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School, which he would later serve as executive officer and commanding officer of. Other positions Sohl has held include Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division and Commander of Fleet Readiness Centers.[4] He has also been deployed to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and was named Commander of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force in 2016.

Awards Sohl has received include the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.


  1. ^ "Active Duty Navy Promotions to the Permanent or Temporary Grades of Captain, Commander, Lieutenant Commander, and Lieutenant, Line and Staff Corps, and Chief Warrant Officer W5, W4 and W3". Washington, D.C.: Chief of Naval Operations. July 2007. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  2. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy on Active Duty. Bureau of Naval Personnel. October 1, 1990. p. 121. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  3. ^ "REAR ADMIRAL PAUL SOHL". United States Navy. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  4. ^ "Smarter, Faster: New FRCSW Helo Facility Opens".