Paul M Lee, III graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2000. Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, VA in December of 2000, he reported to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. Second Lieutenant Lee was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2002. Lieutenant Lee proceeded to New River, NC to complete CH-53E flight training at Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron (HMT)-302.
First Lieutenant Lee reported to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-16, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH)-361 in February 2003. He was assigned to the S-4 and prepared the squadron for the Unit Deployment Program (UDP), Okinawa, Japan in June that same year. First Lieutenant Lee then attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Essex for the duration of the deployment. Upon return from Okinawa, the squadron immediately began preparation to redeploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
First Lieutenant Lee was assigned to the Operations department and deployed in July 2004 to Al Asad, Iraq. He was promoted to Captain while deployed and attended Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) Course on return in February 2005. Captain Lee deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with HMH-361 in March 2006 as the Quality Assurance Officer. The squadron returned from deployment in October 2006. Captain Lee joined HMT-302 in March 2007 as the squadron ASO. He completed one year as the ASO before transitioning to the Operations department as the Pilot Training Officer.
Captain Lee transitioned from active duty to the Inactive Ready Reserves (IRR) in May 2009. Upon departure from active duty, Captain Lee began a civilian career as an acquisition professional for the Department of the Navy. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA and received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Major Lee joined HMH-772 in January 2012 and was assigned to the Safety Department. In March 2013, Major Lee was activated and deployed with HMH-772 to re-establish the CH-53E UDP in Okinawa. He served as Director of Safety and Standardization for the duration of the deployment. Upon return, Major Lee assumed the duties of Operations Officer for HMH-772.
Major Lee graduated from Command and Staff in the summer of 2014. Major Lee reported for Individual Marine Augment duty at Marine Corps Systems Command in March 2016. He was selected to Lieutenant Colonel and subsequently command of HMH-772.