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Chief Warrant Officer Five John D. Howze enlisted in the United States Army as a private in 1987 and served as a Heavy Tracked/Wheeled Vehicle Maintainer (63H) until 1996 performing duties of mechanic, shop foreman, team chief, maintenance inspector, platoon sergeant and First Sergeant. He was accepted in 1996 for attendance to Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he graduated and continued on to complete the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Upon completion of the Warrant Officer Basic Course, he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 915A Unit Maintenance Officer. He served in various logistics and key leadership positions supporting an array of Army units including assignments in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Turkey, Kosovo, South West Asia, and installations across the United States.
Howze’s first warrant officer assignment was as the Platoon Leader, Maintenance Officer/Technician for the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division from January 1997 until December 1999. During his tenure he participated in numerous high intensity training exercises and deployed in support of Task Force Eagle and Operation Joint Guardian. From December 1999 to July 2002, he was selected to serve in a congressionally mandated AC/RC position in Starkville, Mississippi, as the Maintenance trainer/Maintenance officer for the 2-114 Field Artillery Battalion and the 155th Armor Brigade.
Howze’s next assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division (Mechanized) from July 2002 to May 2005 as the Battalion Maintenance Officer which culminated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His next assignment was from May 2005 to May 2008 to 5th Maintenance Company, 21st TSC, Kaiserslautern, Germany, as the Rear detachment Company Commander, Senior Automotive Maintenance Officer and Shop Officer. Upon return from Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was later selected to assumed duties as Brigade Maintenance Officer and Support Operations Officer within 29th Area Support Group, 21st TSC, and Kaiserslautern.
From May 2008 to August 2010, he was selected to perform duties as the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army G4 Maintenance Officer and Logistic Automation Branch Chief. After completing his assignment as the USAREUR G4 Maintenance Officer and Logistic Automation Branch Chief, he assumed duties as the Senior Ordnance Logistics Officer and Support Operations Officer for the 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, and Fort Riley, Kansas, from August 2010 to February 2012 which culminated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He then transitioned to be the Joint Base Lewis-McChord as I Corps G4 Senior Ordnance Logistics Officer from February 2011 to Dec 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and numerous joint training exercises. On January 6, 2014, he was assigned to Warrant Officer Career College as the Communication and Management Department Director.
On September 1, 2014, Howze was selected to serve as the Proponent to the Warrant Officer Career College. On April 5, 2016 he was selected to serve as the Deputy Commandant for the Warrant Officer Career College.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the American University, a Master’s Degree in Management from American University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has completed the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course along with an array of military courses.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, 3d award, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Ribbons, Iraq campaign Medal with 3 Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Stars, Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 Star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with “2”, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with “4”, Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 Star, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the NATO Medal. Howze has earned the Drivers and Mechanic Badge. He is a recipient of the Noble Patron of Armor, Order of Samuel Sharp and the Order of Saint Barbara Award.
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