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Judge Advocate Division

Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

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Colonel Joseph G. Bowe

A native of Farmingdale, NY, Col Bowe was commissioned a Marine Officer through the Platoon Leader’s Class Program in June 1985, upon graduation from The State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  While in college, Col Bowe played running back for the (then) Stony Brook Patriots (now Stony Brook Seawolves).  While riding the pine, he learned a great deal about patience…

After graduating with a Law Degree from The Fordham University School of Law in 1988, Col Bowe reported to The Basic School, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, VA.  In 1989, he graduated from the Naval Justice School and was certified a Judge Advocate.

In 1989, Col Bowe reported to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, CA.  His assigned duties included; Trial Counsel, Civil Law Officer, and Senior Defense Counsel.  In 1991, Col Bowe was assigned the additional duties as the Officer-in-Charge, Law Center, MCAS Tustin, CA. 

In July 1993, Col Bowe reported to the US Army’s Judge Advocate General School, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.  While there, he earned a Masters of Law degree in Military and Criminal law.  In June 1994, Col Bowe reported to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, CA for duties as the Senior Defense Counsel.

In May 1995, Col Bowe reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Camp Pendleton, CA, for duties as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  After returning from WestPac, he was reassigned, in September 1996, to the Judge Advocate Division (JAD), Headquarters, US Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.  In 1998, after serving as the Head, Support Branch, JAD, he was reassigned to MCB Quantico, for duties as the Senior Trial Counsel and Military Justice Officer.

In July 2000, Col Bowe reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico.  Upon completion of that year of study, he reported to the Office of the Legal Advisor, US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany for duties as the international and operational law officer.

In July 2002, Col Bowe took command of Headquarters Battalion, MCB, Hawaii. 

In July 2004, Col Bowe reported to the US Naval War College, Newport, RI.  While there, he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating With Distinction.

In July 2005, he reported to Naval Striking and Support Forces (SFN), NATO, Naples, Italy for duties as the Legal Advisor/SJA.  During 2007-2008, Col Bowe deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).  

In July 2008, Col Bowe reported to I MEF for duties as the Staff Judge Advocate.  In March 2010, Col Bowe deployed as the SJA, I MEF (Fwd) to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  During this deployment, I MEF (Fwd) transitioned into Regional Command (Southwest) for ISAF, taking additional command of more than 9,000 United Kingdom forces, formerly under the command of Regional Command (South).  After returning from that deployment, Col Bowe resumed his duties as SJA, I MEF.

In May 2011, Col Bowe reported to Headquarters, US Marine Corps for duties as the Deputy SJA to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Deputy Director of the Judge Advocate Division.

Col Bowe’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Col Bowe and his wife, Catherine, have six children; Linda Marie (23), Patrick (20), Brendan (17), Charlotte (14), Zachary (9), and Ryan (7).