Colonel Martin J. Bowling

Joint Warfighting Instructor / USA Chair
Marine Corps War College®


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Colonel Martin J. Bowling was commissioned from Auburn University into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer in 1999 and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division completing a peacekeeping tour in Kosovo and serving as a member of the initial invasion force for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

In 2005 he was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division, where he served as a staff officer and company commander with the 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) during his second tour in Iraq.

In 2007 he was selected as a JCSIOSD Intern completing a masters degree at Georgetown University followed by assignments to the Joint Staff and the Army Staff. In 2010 he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as an Operations and Executive Officer and completed a third deployment to Iraq.

In 2015 he was assigned to the Commander's Action Group (CAG) at United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany before being selected for battalion command.

In 2017 he assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division and while in command he returned his battalion and their Veterans to Vietnam to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

In 2019 he returned to the Pentagon as the Executive Officer for the Headquarters, Department of the Army G3/5/7 before his selection in 2021 as a U.S. Army War College Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

COL Bowling's awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious and the Meritorious Service Medals, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Ranger Tab as well as Senior Parachutist, Pathfinder and Air Assault Badges.

He is married to the former Kerry Crawford of Hopewell, VA. They have two sons Ethan and Jack.

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