CAPTAIN KEVIN M. MCGOWAN, USN
OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
CAPT Kevin M. McGowan is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned an engineering degree and his commission as an Ensign. After completing Flight Training in Pensacola and Corpus Christi, he earned his “Wings of Gold” and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992.
CAPT McGowan completed training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY and joined Patrol Squadron ELEVEN in Brunswick, Maine in 1993 for his first sea tour where he flew the U.S. Navy’s P-3 Orion. He served as the Ground Safety Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Pilot NATOPS Officer, and Safety/NATOPS Department Head and qualified as a Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot and NATOPS Evaluator. He completed counter-drug deployments to Puerto Rico/Panama/Honduras and a deployment to Sigonella, Sicily in support of combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the completion of his tour in 1996, Patrol Squadron ELEVEN was decommissioned.
CAPT McGowan’s next assignment was to Patrol Squadron THIRTY as an FRS Instructor Pilot. As part of the “Pro’s Nest,” he served as the Command Security Manager, Aircrew Division Officer, and the Quality Assurance Officer. He completed his instructor tour at the FRS as the lead FRS IUT Instructor Pilot and with the highest sortie completion rate on record.
In 1999, CAPT McGowan reported aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the Assistant Navigator (ANAV) where he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and completed a full deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In 2001, he was recognized as the LANTFLT Shiphandler of the Year and became the first non-nuclear officer to qualify as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) aboard a Nimitz class CVN.
In 2001, CAPT McGowan reported to Patrol Squadron TWENTY SIX for his Department Head tour where he served as the Command Services Officer, CTG OPS Officer, Training Department Head, and Operations Officer. While assigned to the “Tridents”, he deployed to SOUTHCOM for counter-drug operations and additionally served as Officer In Charge (OIC) in Keflavik, Iceland.
In 2004, CAPT McGowan reported to Commander Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee to serve as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer in PERS 43. Following his tour at BUPERS, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2006.
In 2006, CAPT McGowan was selected for aviation operational command and reported to the RED LANCERS of Patrol Squadron TEN for duty as the Executive Officer. On 27 June 2008, CAPT McGowan became the 72nd Commanding Officer of the RED LANCERS of Patrol Squadron TEN.
Following his command tour, CAPT McGowan reported in 2009, to the Commander of COMUSNAVCENT/COMUSFIFTHFLEET in Manama, Bahrain in Plans and Policy (N5) as Director of Strategy and Theater Security Cooperation where he was a significant contributor to the writing of Theater Strategy at the service component and COCOM level. Additionally, CAPT McGowan stood up the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCOE) serving as Director and deputy commander.
In 2010, CAPT McGowan reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI where he served as a military professor in the National Security Affairs department teaching Leadership in the National Security Decision Making, and Theater Security Decision Making courses and the Naval Staff College’s international short course.
Captain McGowan was selected for major command on the October 2012 Aviation Major Command Screen Board and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer, Officer Training Command Newport in May 2014.