Major Bowen oversees the safety and security at CNFA, with a focus on managing the risk to CNFA’s operations, staff, and resources. Prior to joining CNFA, he worked as a Lead Operations Officer with the Department of State and focused on counter-violent extremism, political violence, and conflict mitigation in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. He also has worked for RTI International, where he was a Senior Governance Specialist, and previously served as a Regional Team Leader and Regional Operations Officer on a USAID project in Iraq.
Bowen retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after more than 30 years of active and reserve service. He started his military career as an enlisted soldier, reaching the rank of Sergeant before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He worked in numerous assignments while conducting direct combat, stability, counterinsurgency, and peace enforcement operations around the world.
His awards include two Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, as well as the Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutists Badge, two Bronze Stars, and numerous individual achievement and campaign medals.
Bowen holds a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, a graduate certificate from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Security, Stability, and Development in Complex Operations, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University.