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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles “Skip” W. Bowen III, USCG, Retired

Charles “Skip” W. Bowen III served as the 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG), assuming the position on 14 June 2006. He was previously assigned as the Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Station Marathon.

After attending basic training at Coast Guard Station Cape May in Cape May, N.J., in 1978, MCPOCG Bowen's first duty station was to a patrol boat, USCGC Point Swift in Clearwater, Fla. 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, Fla., was followed by another patrol boat, 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, Conn., in June 1990. Following a successful tour at New Haven, he was transferred to Station Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Fla., in 1994.

In 1997, MCPOCG Bowen was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Point Turner in Newport, R.I., until her decommissioning in April 1998. During May 1998 he was assigned as the Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, based in Woods Hole, Mass., which was the first of the high-tech 87-foot (26.5 m) Patrol Boats on the east coast.

From 1999 to 2001, MCPOCG Bowen served as the Seventh District Command Master Chief. In May 2002, he 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, he 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 – 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
  • Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three gold award stars and "O" device
  • Coast Guard Commendation Medal with three gold award stars and "O" device
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal with two 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
  • Coast Guard Unit Commendation with award star and "O" device
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with one silver and two 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 one silver and four bronze service stars
  • National Defense Service Medal with one service star
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal with service star
  • Special Operations Service Ribbon with two service stars
  • Sea Service Ribbon with two service stars
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon with award numeral 4
  • Expert Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze sharpshooter device
  • Eight Service Stripes

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