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Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest D. Bowen, Jr.

Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center

Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest D. Bowen, Jr. enlisted in the United States Army in July 1986 as an Infantryman and completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Bowen has served in every key leadership position in the Infantry, from team leader to command sergeant major. His assignments include 3/21 Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 4/6 Infantry, Fort Polk, Louisiana; 2/7 Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas; recruiter and station commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 1/9 Cavalry, Fort Hood; observer, coach/trainer, 1-307th Infantry, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 1-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska; 4/25th Airborne Brigade, Fort Richardson; 1-335 Infantry, Camp Atterbury, Indiana; 1-5 Infantry, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; and 157th Infantry Brigade, Camp Atterbury.

Bowen’s military education includes all noncommissioned officer education system courses, and he is a graduate of the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. His additional military training includes the First Sergeant Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, and Recruiting School. Bowen is completing his teaching degree with Liberty University.

Bowen’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (silver oak leaf cluster), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Gold Recruiter Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice and Order of Saint Barbara.

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