Born at Fort Dodge, Iowa, on 12 October 1956, Paul M. Habhab joined the Army in 1976. He served in a series of assignments at Fort Riley, Kansas; Pusan, Korea; and Hanau, Germany, as a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, Shop Foreman, and Motor Sergeant before being appointed a Warrant Officer in 1984.
His first assignment as a Warrant Officer, from 1984 to 1986, was as Maintenance Technician in the 62nd Supply and Service Company, 553rd Supply and Service Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Demonstrating his ability by maintaining a 95 percent readiness rate in the company's wide range of complex equipment despite a series of training deployments, he was recognized by being reassigned as the Battalion Maintenance Technician in 1986. He established a maintenance assistance and inspection program and quarterly driver and mechanic competition boards.
Habhab then served, from 1987 to 1993, as Quality Assurance Chief for the 18th Combat Equipment Company, Combat Equipment Battalion Northwest, Brunssum, The Netherlands. Responsible for maintaining 17 battalion and 34 company sets of POMCUS (Prepositioning of Materiel Configured to Unit Sets), his equipment was drawn to support two REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany) exercises.
From 1993 to 1995 Habhab was the Direct Support Maintenance Technician for the 701st Main Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley. Despite personnel shortages, he reduced the maintenance backlog to its lowest level in two years while supporting four rotations to the National Training Center, maintaining a 92 percent readiness rate. His accomplishments earned him a promotion to Division Maintenance Technician in 1995.
In 1997, Habhab returned to Germany to command Detachment 1 of the 77th Maintenance Company, Wiesbaden providing direct support to V Corps and to Wiesbaden Army Airfield. After two years he was assigned to the 19th Corps Material Management Center (CMMC) supporting V Corps. He reduced the job order backlog and conducted 20 unit assistance visits.
He then returned to Fort Riley in 2000 to serve as Shop Officer and Maintenance Technician for the 1st Maintenance Company, 541st Maintenance Battalion. In 2002, he was reassigned to the 937th Engineer Group at Fort Riley as Maintenance Officer, a major's position, where he prepared the group for deployment. He was then assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood in 2003 as Division Maintenance Officer. He deployed with the division to Iraq from 2004 to 2005 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he maintained a 90 percent readiness rate in up-armored HMMWVs (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles), tanks, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
Upon returning with the division to Fort Hood, Habhab immediately initiated a reset program to prepare the division for it's next deployment. He was also instrumental in standing up the division's 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) at Fort Bliss, Texas. CW5 Paul M. Habhab retired in 2006 after 30 years of dedicated service, and continues to serve as a Department of the Army civilian Operations Officer for the Program Manager Heavy Brigade Combat Team at Fort Hood.