Scottsdale native promoted to U.S. Coast Guard Captain

He's shown here aboard the US Navy's USS AMERICA (LHA-6) amphibious assault ship, during a visit to Cartagena, Colombia in June 2014. (submitted photo)

He’s shown here aboard the US Navy’s USS AMERICA (LHA-6) amphibious assault ship, during a visit to Cartagena, Colombia in June 2014. (submitted photo)

Arizona native and Scottsdale graduate, Commander Russ Bowen, was recently selected for promotion to Captain, United States Coast Guard.

Commander Bowen is a graduate of Horizon High School in Scottsdale. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT, and Masters degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and School of Advanced Military Studies.

Commander Bowen’s master’s thesis, “Coast Guard Special Operations Forces,” was published by the Joint Special Operations University.

Specialized in Boat Forces Operations and Tactical Law Enforcement, Commander Bowen has served extensively in the Western Hemisphere, and he deployed to the Middle East. With two tours on the U.S. Gulf Coast, Commander Bowen also has experience with emergency/incident management including the response efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, the 2010 British Petroleum spill, and Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans.

Commander Bowen currently serves as the Coast Guard and Police Attaché at the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.​

The US Coast Guard is one of the five services of the United States Armed Forces. It’s aircraft and surface vessels serve in both military and law enforcement capacities, on inland waterways, coastal regions, and in ocean-going operations.

The Coast Guard performs extensive search-and-rescue operations, in addition to enforcement of US maritime law, and coastal defense. All the lighthouses on the coasts of the United States are operated by the USCG.

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