Captain Paul D Bowdich, USN

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CAPT Bowdich is a 1994 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York.  CAPT Bowdich attended primary flight training  at VT-28 at  NAS Corpus Christi,  TX and  advanced rotary wing  training at HT-18.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1997.

 

Following initial UH-3H / VH-3A “Sea King” Fleet Replacement  Pilot training  in  Norfolk, Virginia  at HC-2,  CAPT Bowdich reported  to sea duty  with the Fleet Angels of  HC-2  where  he  made  two  deployments  to Manama, Bahrain as a “World Famous Desert Duck.”  CAPT Bowdich also made multiple detachments with Commander Second Fleet onboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and on the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65).

 

In March 2001, CAPT Bowdich reported to Shore duty at HC-2 as a UH-3H Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, training fleet replacement pilots as well as Search and Rescue Station Pilots.  CAPT Bowdich continued to make multiple detachments on the USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) in support of fleet training in the Atlantic and Operation STRONG RESOLVE in the Baltic.  CAPT Bowdich also flew with NAS Oceana SAR, NAS Pensacola SAR, and NAS Key West SAR. 

 

CAPT Bowdich was assigned to USS OGDEN (LPD 5), home ported in San Diego, California from 2003-2005.  While on board the oldest Gator on the west coast, CAPT Bowdich served as the Air Boss during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer.  

 

CAPT Bowdich completed requalification training in the UH-3H at HC-85 before reporting to the Merlins of HSC-3 for transition training in the MH-60S “Knight Hawk.”   CAPT Bowdich reported to HC-2 as a Department Head.  CAPT Bowdich was selected to help establish the “Sea Knights” of HSC-22 in Norfolk, VA.  He deployed to Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, HI to fly the UH-3H for RIMPAC 2006.

After his department head tour at HSC-22, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a focus in Homeland Security/Homeland Defense.

 

Upon graduation from the Naval War College in 2009, CAPT Bowdich reported to the Coalition Coordination Center (J5-CCC) at U.S. Central Command as the Coalition Force Generation Officer.

 

CAPT Bowdich reported to Training Air Wing FIVE in October 2010 for duties as the Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT Executive Officer and served as the Commanding Officer from December 2011 to April 2013.

 

Upon reporting to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic in April 2013, CAPT Bowdich was deployed to Bahrain as the Helicopter Liaison Officer (LNO) to Commander Fifth Fleet.   As LNO, CAPT Bowdich advised Commander Fifth Fleet on helicopter operations throughout the Fifth Fleet Area of Operation. 

 

In November 2013, CAPT Bowdich reported to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Ship’s Navigator.  CAPT Bowdich safely navigated the TR over 26,800 nautical miles on the TR’s 2015 World Deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and home port shift from Norfolk, VA to San Diego, CA.

 

CAPT Bowdich reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Pensacola, December 2015, where he served as the Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Education Training Command.  CAPT Bowdich is currently the Commanding Officer, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL.

CAPT Bowdich has over 3200 flight hours in the UH-3H, VH-3A, MH-60S, TH-57C and T-34C aircraft.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (One Gold Star), Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (Three Gold Stars) and Navy Achievement Medal (One Gold Star) as well as numerous unit and campaign awards. 

 

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