Charles W. Bowen
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Charles W. "Skip" Bowen was the tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG). 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.
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Coast Guard Career
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(WPB-82312) 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 (WPB-1301), homeported in Miami. From south Florida, he travelled to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard to join USCGC Point Arena (WPB-82346) 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 (WPB-82365) in Newport, Rhode Island, until her decommissioning in April 1998. During May 1998 he was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of USCGC Hammerhead (WPB-87302), based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; this cutter was the 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 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 served as the Interim Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from July 2002 through October 2002.
Awards and decorations
- Advanced Boat Force Operations Insignia
- Cutterman Insignia
- Officer-in-Charge Afloat Pin
- Officer-in-Charge Ashore Pin
- Commandant Staff Badge
- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
- File:Ribbon=Coast Guard Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
- Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with 3 gold award stars and "O" device
- Coast Guard Commendation Medal with 3 gold award stars and "O" device
- Coast Guard Achievement Medal with 2 gold award stars and Commandant's Letter of Commendation
- Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with "hurricane symbol"
- Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
- Coast Guard Unit Commendation with award star and "O" device
- Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 silver and 2 gold award stars and "O" device
- Meritorious Team Commendation with silver and gold award star and "O" device
- || Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
- Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with 1 silver and 4 bronze service stars
- National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal with service star
- Special Operations Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
- Sea Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
- Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
- Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal
- Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with silver sharpshooter device
- 8 Service stripes.
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
In August 2012 Bowen was promoted to vice president for Government Relations.
- 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.”
- Robert A. Socha. Bollinger announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations – Thursday, August 09, 2012, Bollinger Shipyards, 2012-08-09. Retrieved on 2013-02-01. “Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations.”
- Bollinger Announces Appointment of FRC Program Manager – Thursday, April 14, 2011, Bollinger Shipyards, 2011-04-14. Retrieved on 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.
- Senior Leadership Biographies. U.S. Coast Guard.