Captain Charles P. Rowan is from El Paso, Texas and is a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He was commissioned as a lieutenant of Armor in May 2005. Upon completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, CPT Rowan was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
CPT Rowan served as a tank platoon leader and company executive officer in Company C, 4-64 Armor. In October 2007, he deployed with the company to the West Rashid district of Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. After redeployment, CPT Rowan served as the Battalion Adjutant for 4-64 Armor.
Upon completion of the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course and Cavalry Leader’s Course at Fort Knox, KY, CPT Rowan reported to Fort Bliss, Texas where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in November 2009. He joined the unit in the Kirkuk Province of Iraq in December 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10. CPT Rowan served as the battalion assistant operations officer and assumed command of a motorized infantry company, Company A, 1-37 Armor in April 2010 at Joint Security Station McHenry in Hawijah, Iraq. In January 2011, the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division transformed into the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and CPT Rowan remained in command of Company A in the newly activated 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Psychology from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Human Systems Integration from the Naval Postgraduate School.
CPT Rowan’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Order of St. George Bronze Medallion.
CPT Rowan is married and resides at West Point.
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