CPT Paul Basaldua hails from Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He spent four years enlisted before commissioning as a field artillery officer from Officer Candidate School in November 2009. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course and the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course.
CPT Basaldua’s prior assignments include serving at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and in Afghanistan as the S4, maneuver platoon leader, and company fire support officer with 2-321 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment from 2010 to 2013. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, serving in both Korea and Germany as an assistant S3 and battalion fire support officer with 2-82 Field Artillery Battalion from 2013 to 2016, and as the 1ACB Brigade assistant fire support officer from 2016 to 2017. CPT Basaldua took command of HHC, 1-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion from 2017 to 2018.
CPT Basaldua’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Airborne Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
CPT Basaldua’s family includes his wife, Brittany, and four children: Brooklyn, Phoenix, Memphis, and Boston.