Biography, Paul Arthur
Paul Arthur is Director of Operations. Following two years of volunteer service as a budget and business planning consultant for NVIC, Paul retired from the military and became Director of Operations in August 2008. He is responsible for operations management, budget development, conference and special event planning, membership solicitation and retention and the social media sites of NVIC where our Facebook fans now exceed 161,000.
Born and raised in Boston, Paul joined the U.S. Air Force in October 1965 and served 20 years on active duty and another 23 years as a Department of the Army Civilian. In his military/Government Service career, which included 19 years of service in foreign countries, he was a Business, Food & Beverage Management and Training Specialist directing programming and policy for Officer and Enlisted Clubs and recreation facilities. As a Program Manager for Army Clubs worldwide he has taught accounting, marketing, personal management and business programming. He followed U.S. Troops to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003, establishing and initially managing the Soldier Return Program; ensuring soldiers were able to return home from combat for a two-week break.
Paul is an anthrax vaccine survivor. During the initial stage of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was injured by the mandatory anthrax vaccination given to all service personnel and returned to the U.S., eventually unable to work for over a year while recuperating and undergoing extensive therapy to alleviate symptoms of loss of lung capacity, disabling fatigue, and short term memory loss from which he has partially recovered. Paul is the father of four children; grandfather of five and is soon to welcome his first great-granddaughter.