Captain (Retired) Paul Weckman is a native of Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated from Minnesota State University in 1985. He holds a Master of Management and Administration Degree from Metropolitan State University of Minnesota, successfully completed the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program in Joint Military Operations and a Human Resource Management Certificate from George Mason University. In November 1985, Captain Weckman entered the Navy's Officer Candidate Program at Newport, Rhode Island. He received his commission as Ensign, United States Navy in March 1986. In July of 1986 he graduated from Surface Warfare Officer School in Coronado, California. Over his 26 years of active duty service he made multiple overseas deployments, served tours in recruiting, manpower, training, assumed command on two occasions and served at the Pentagon. Among his personal awards are the Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), numerous unit and service awards. Captain Weckman is married to the former Penny Lynn Riese of Mankato, Minnesota. They have two sons, Andrew and Michael. He is actively engaged with his church where he and his wife are marriage preparation advisors and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus along with volunteering at the VA Medical Center’s chapel. If not serving Veterans, he can be found out in the field hunting or on the lake wetting a line. He is currently employed with Sanford Health as Director, Veteran and Military Services.