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Executive Officer

Lt. Col. Michael A. Bowers 

Lieutenant Colonel Bowers was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland.  He enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1994 as an infantryman and subsequently finished college, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater College in Virginia in 1995.  He was commissioned as an officer through the Officer Candidate Class program in August 1995.  He is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and has earned Master of Science Degrees in Management from the University of Maryland and Strategic Studies from the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.

After The Basic School, he graduated with honors from the Artillery Officer Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma in July 1996 and then checked into 2d Battalion, 11th Marines and served as the Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer for Battery E.  During this period, he served as the Fire Direction Officer for four Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) at Twenty-nine Palms, California and for multiple international exercises as part of the Unit Deployment Program and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan and the Far East.  The last year of his first tour he was selected to serve as the Battalion S-3A / Fire Direction Officer and then the Headquarters Battery Commander.

In July 1999, he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for duty with Lima Company, 3d Recruit Training Battalion.  He served as a Series Commander, Executive Officer, and Company Commander for 10 training cycles and supervised the training of over 4000 Marine Recruits.  In 2002, he was assigned to Inspector-Instructor duty with Battery I, 3d Battalion, 14th Marines in Reading, Pennsylvania and supervised the annual training of the unit in Twentynine Palms, California, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Drum, New York.  He also oversaw one of the largest Toys for Tots programs in the country.

He checked into 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan in July 2005.  As the plank holder S-3, he was instrumental in activating the unit and deploying elements of it to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM only six months later.  He also organized the unit’s participation in and graduated from the 2d Republic of Korea Marine Division’s Mountain Ranger School – the first time a U.S. organization had participated in that training. After serving as the S-3 and Executive Officer, he was selected to serve as the 1st Brigade Platoon Commander for their deployment to Ar Ramadi, Iraq to provide fires and liaison to a U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team and various units of two Iraqi Army Divisions.  During the deployment, he was selected for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and for follow on joint duty.  During the 2007-2008 school year, he was selected to participate in Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul Van Riper’s elective classes and serve on his Red Team during the final exercise and to travel abroad to Egypt.

Next, he reported for duty with Joint Task Force – National Capital Region as the Land Domain and Current Operations Officer and planned and supervised the execution of DOD civil support for nine National Security Special Events to include the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Nuclear Summits, and State of the Union Addresses. Lieutenant Colonel Bowers briefly served as a Regional Planner (U.S. Southern Command Area of Operations) at Marine Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia from the summers of 2011 to 2012 until taking command of Headquarters Battalion, MAGTF Training Command / Marine Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms. 

During his tour as Battalion Commander, the installation won the Commander’s in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence both years and he was directed to brief the successes of his Force Preservation and Resource Management programs at three different Commandant’s Combined Commandership Courses in Quantico, Virginia. After command and a year as a student at the Air War College, he was nominated by CMC General Dunford and selected to be the Administrative Aide to the 75th Secretary of the Navy where he prepared and briefed for signature all executive correspondence to SECNAV on a daily basis.  Following this duty, he was assigned to the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as the Head, Enlisted Plans and subsequently as the Head, Future Operations for all manpower initiatives.  He assumed his current duties as the Executive Officer for H&S Battalion, “The Beast”, in June 2019.