Charles W. Bowen

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Charles W. Bowen
MCPOCG Charles "Skip" W. Bowen    USCG MCPOCG.png
MCPOCG Charles "Skip" W. Bowen
Nickname(s) "Skip"
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1978—2010
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Awards Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards)
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4 awards)
Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3 awards)

Charles "Skip" W. Bowen was the tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG).[1] He assumed the position from MCPOCG Frank A. Welch on June 14, 2006, and was relieved on May 21, 2010 by Michael P. Leavitt. Bowen was previously assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of Coast Guard Station Marathon.

Education[edit]

Education[2]
U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
BSc Excelsior College
MBA Touro University International
Project Management Institute

Coast Guard Career[edit]

After attending basic training at Coast Guard Station Cape May in Cape May, New Jersey in 1978, his first duty station was to a patrol boat, USCGC Point Swift in Clearwater, Florida. From there he was assigned to Coast Guard Station Marathon in the Florida Keys just in time for the Mariel boatlift in 1980. A subsequent assignment at Station Fort Pierce, Florida, was followed by another patrol boat, this time the newly commissioned USCGC Farallon, homeported in Miami. From south Florida he traveled to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard to join USCGC Point Arena as the Executive Petty Officer. Upon advancing to Chief Petty Officer he was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of Coast Guard Station New Haven, in June 1990. Following a successful tour at New Haven, he was transferred to Station Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida in 1994.

In 1997, Bowen was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of the USCGC Point Turner in Newport, Rhode Island, until her decommissioning in April 1998. During May 1998 he was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of USCGC Hammerhead, based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; this cutter was first of the high-tech 87-foot (26.5 m) patrol boats on the east coast.

From 1999 to 2001, Bowen served as the Seventh District Command Master Chief. In May 2002, Bowen graduated with distinction from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. While at the Academy, he was selected as one of the few non-Army students ever to serve as a class vice president. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious "William G. Bainbridge Chair of Ethics Award." From June 2002 to June 2004, Bowen served as the Command Master Chief of the Headquarters Units. In addition to those duties, he also served as the Interim Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from July 2002 through October 2002.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 gold award stars and "O" device
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with 3 gold award stars and "O" device
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with 2 gold award stars and "O" device
Commandant's Letter of Commendation
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with "hurricane symbol"
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award ribbon.png Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard Unit Commendation with award star and "O" device
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 silver and 2 gold award stars and "O" device
Silver star
Gold star
Meritorious Team Commendation with silver and gold award star and "O" device
Bicentennial Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with 1 silver and 4 bronze service stars
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Special Operations Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Sea Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
NCO Professional Development Ribbon.svg Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon with award numeral 4
USCG Expert Rifle Ribbon.png Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal
USCG Sharpshooter Pistol Ribbon.png Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with silver sharpshooter device

Personal[edit]

Bowen's educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science Degree magna cum laude from Excelsior College and a Master of Business Administration summa cum laude from Touro University International. Bowen is married to Janet Kay Bowen (née Cartwright) of Norfolk, Virginia. He has four children, Mason, Joshua, Joseph, and Kristen. His son, Mason, is currently on active duty in the Coast Guard.

Post Coast Guard career[edit]

In April 2011, Bowen went to work at Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, Louisiana.[2][3] Bowen′s first position at Bollinger was to manage the Sentinel building program.

In August 2012 Bowen was promoted to Vice President for Government Relations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles W. Bowen: 2006-2010". United States Coast Guard. 2012-01-26. "Master Chief Charles W. "Skip" Bowen was the tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard." 
  2. ^ a b c Robert A. Socha (2012-08-09). "Bollinger announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations - Thursday, August 09, 2012". Bollinger Shipyards. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01. "Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations." 
  3. ^ "Bollinger Announces Appointment of FRC Program Manager - Thursday, April 14, 2011". Bollinger Shipyards. 2011-04-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01. "Lockport, La…., Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Program Manager for the FRC "Sentinel” Class Patrol Boat building program at Bollinger’s Lockport facility." 
This article incorporates text in the public domain from the U.S. Coast Guard's official biography.

External links[edit]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Frank A. Welch
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
2006-2010
Succeeded by
Michael P. Leavitt