Mr. Travis Bowden was born in New Orleans, LA on 7 January 1983 and was raised in Richmond Virginia. He graduated Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia in May 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Following graduation Mr. Bowden was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
After the attending the basic school Mr. Bowden attended the Infantry Officer course and reported to 3rd Battalion 6th Marines where he deployed twice to Al-Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Iraq he reported to 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company in the summer of 2009. He deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he conducted the fence line security mission and assisted Humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti. He then deployed to Yokosuka, Japan in support of Commander US 7th Fleet and executed a series of diplomatic security missions, bilateral training events, and vital asset security missions in tandem with deployed SOF units. Immediately following his time with 2nd FAST, Mr. Bowden was assigned as a student to the Expeditionary Warfare School from August 2011 until graduation in May 2012. Following graduation, he was assigned to Officer Candidate School as a student Platoon Commander.
In August 2012 Mr. Bowden took command of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines where he deployed as the small boat company in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). He participated in bilateral training evolutions with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force in Okinawa, Japan and supervised foreign military training in East Timor. Immediately following he supported Humanitarian relief operations in the central Philippines and follow on exercises on the Korean peninsula. Mr. Bowden additionally supported Joint training and operations as Current Operation Officer for the 1st Armored Division during Exercise Bold Quest and the Network Integration Exercise before reporting to Special Operations Command, Central Command in Tampa Bay, Florida as the Maritime Operations Officer in June of 2014. While there he supported SOF activities as well as Joint Plans throughout CENTCOM.
In spring 2015 Mr. Bowden reported to Training and Education Command, Quantico Virginia where he led several teams to improve the force generation process and service level crisis response capabilities. After leaving active duty Mr. Bowden was employed by Logistics Services International and Second Corps Solutions in support of the Marine Corps Force Fitness division. He is now employed as a civil servant by TECOM and serves as the Training and Operations Officer, Force Fitness Division.
His military decorations include the Joint Forces Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Mr. Bowden still serves within the SMCR and is assigned to 2nd Civil Affairs Group. Mr. Bowden pursues human performance and long range marksmanship in his free time.