Lieutenant Colonel Paul Garrah (Ret) is the Senior Army Junior ROTC Instructor at Naples High School.
Colonel Garrah joined the Army in 1982 and served on active duty for 22 years as an enlisted soldier, a non-commissioned officer and--after graduation from Officer Candidate School--a commissioned officer. His assignments include the Pentagon (Joint Chiefs of Staff), Panama, Korea, and Germany. Colonel Garrah also participated in NATO peace-enforcement operations in Bosnia. His units include the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
His primary military career duties were in the Tactical Telecommunications and Latin American Foreign Area Officer Fields. While at the Pentagon, Colonel Garrah served as a Central and South American Intelligence Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency. In San Antonio, he served as the Fifth U.S. Army Liaison Officer to Mexico.
Colonel Garrah's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Services Expeditionary Medal, and the NATO Medal. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Administration.
Colonel Garrah is from Maryland and has been married for 24 years to his wife, Beverly.
Although he loved serving in the Army, Colonel Garrah believes his current job as a public school teacher and mentor is just as important and rewarding. Each year, his students volunteer over 4,000 hours to the school and local community and Colonel Garrah strongly believes that cultivating close ties with the community is one of the keys to success in the classroom. Colonel Garrah is in his 16th year of teaching in Collier County Public Schools.
Civic Involvement / Recognition
• Selected as a Teacher of Distinction by The Education Foundation of Collier County.
• Awarded the Leadership Collier Foundation "Volunteer of the Year" by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
• Selected as the Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for the state of Florida (grades 9-12) by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This is the first time a JROTC instructor was selected for this honor at the Florida state level.
• Recognized by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Collier Foundation" as the first person to be awarded the James V. Mudd Fellowship for “leadership and contributions to our community.”
• Graduate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Program.
• Recognized by the Naples North Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow for “Community Involvement and Service Above Self.”
• Selected by the Education Foundation as a "Man of Distinction" for "Outstanding commitment and service to the children of Collier County."
• Selected by the Collier County Bar Association as a Medal of Honor recipient for contributions to the community and career professionalism.
• Elected and currently serving a 2nd 3 year term on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors.
• Active in Youth Leadership Collier and is a member of many organizations to include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, 100 club and the American Legion.