Who is Paul Willmon?
I was born at Lackland AFB, Texas, in 1982. The first year of my life was in Germany and then moved to Oklahoma in 1983 and lived in Oklahoma till 1996, then moved to Colorado and attended the old Alameda High School as a freshman until withdrawn for my lack of attendance my senior year in November 1999.
I had my first job at the age of 15 working in the fast food industry. After being kicked out of school I started working full time at an electrical engineering company and attending night school, which I ended up dropping out and the company I worked for closed. After that, I worked various jobs and sold vacuums, worked in the fast food industry again, landscaping, roofing, lumber yard, dealership both as a lot tech and later a service department car shagger.
Then I attained my General Education Diploma (GED) in 2001 prior to joining the United States Army. I entered into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) August 24th, 2001, and then left for basic training on September 25th, 2001. I was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from July 2002 to November 2008. I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD) as a 31C/25C Radio Operator/ Maintainer. I had 4 deployments during my time in the service, Afghanistan Nov 2002, Iraq Sep 2003, Iraq Apr 2005, and Afghanistan Jan 2007.
After being promoted to Sergeant in January 2005 I was deployed to Iraq in April 2005 as a Military Transition/Training Team (MTT/MiTT) member which was an Iraqi Army Advisor and Trainer where I participated in helping to assist and train the Iraqi Army and help the local Baghdad Airport region and Abu Ghraib community rebuild as well as begin the process of downsizing troop reliance in the country. During that time participated in facilitating the rebuilding of schools, roads, waste management, and establishing a neighborhood watch.
During my last deployment, my unit established the deepest forward operating base of coalition soldiers in Tagab Valley of the Kapisa Province and also participated in facilitating the rebuilding of schools, roads, and establishing confidence in the local municipality, police, and populace of the area.
I have been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, 2 Good Conduct Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals, and a few other expeditionary medal and awards.
Once completed with my time in the service I attempted to find work and was unable to since the end of 2008 and the employers I applied for wanted you to have a degree and I did not. So then I attended ECPI University from Dec 2010 to Jul 2012 and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science focus on Network Security attaining the Honors of Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 GPA.
Since moving back to Colorado in 2013 I started off delivering telephone books then worked in the concrete industry building foundations for new homes, condominiums, additions, trailer park neighborhoods, storefronts, pole barns, storage facilities, and oil field platforms. I have also done carpentry for new homes and remodel homes and I tried to open my own construction business. I have applied at over 2,500 jobs since 2008 and have not received any job dealing with my degree nor military training and background. I have been homeless twice and been the recipient of food stamps and Medicaid.
This is why I feel it is important that individuals need to be represented by elected officials who have more in common with their community.
I was a Write-In Candidate for the 2016 Presidential election, I ran as a Write-In candidate for Mayor of Wellington this year for the April 2018 election, and now I am running to be the next Governor of Colorado for the November 2018 election.