Kevin McGowan, CDR
National Security Affairs
National Security Affairs
Commander Kevin M. McGowan is a Military Professor of National Security Affairs (NSA) at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He 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 Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas; he earned his “Wings of Gold” and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992.
Commander McGowan completed FRS training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY and joined Patrol Squadron ELEVEN in Brunswick, Maine in November 1993 for his first sea tour. During his tour with the “Pegasus” 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. He additionally led a detachment to Africa as part of Operation ASSURED RESPONSE over Liberia. At the completion of his tour in 1996, Patrol Squadron ELEVEN was decommissioned.
Commander 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, Commander McGowan reported aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the Assistant Navigator (ANAV). During this tour he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and completed a full deployment to the Arabian Gulf. In 2001, he was recognized as the LANTFLT Shiphandler of the Year. Additionally, he became the first non-nuclear officer to qualify as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) aboard a Nimitz class CVN. At the completion of his tour he returned to VP-30 for refresher flight training prior to his Department Head tour.
In 2001, CDR 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 Puerto Rico in support of the SOUTHCOM counter-drug mission and additionally served as Officer In Charge (OIC) in Keflavik, Iceland.
In November 2004, CDR 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 a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2006.
In March 2006, CDR McGowan was selected for initial aviation operational command. He reported to the RED LANCERS of Patrol Squadron TEN for duty as the Executive Officer in March 2007. On 27 June 2008, CDR McGowan became the 72nd Commanding Officer of the RED LANCERS of Patrol Squadron TEN.
He most recently served on the staff of COMUSNAVCENT/COMUSFIFTHFLEET in Manama, Bahrain as the Director of Strategy and as the Theater Security Cooperation Director. He additionally served as the founding Deputy Director of the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCOE).