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Joint Enabling Capabilities Command

Colonel Gary Rowley assumed duties as chief of staff at Joint Enabling Capabilities Command on Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, in August 2021.

In May 1995, Rowley graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an ordnance officer with a branch detail to Armor.  During his first assignment at Fort Stewart, Georgia, he served as an M1A1 Platoon Leader and S4 in the 3d Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment and as a Maintenance Platoon Leader and Maintenance Control Officer in the 87th Corps Support Battalion.

Upon promotion to Captain and completion of the Combined Logistics Officers Career Course, Rowley served at the S4 for the Division Artillery Brigade, 2d Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.  In 2001, he was reassigned to the 3d Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served in multiple roles which include material officer, battalion S3, and company commander.  In 2003, Rowley commanded B Company, 3d Forward Support Battalion during the 3d Infantry Division’s invasion of Iraq.  In 2004, Captain Rowley was selected to establish and command the Forward Support Company (FSC) for the 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment as part of the Army’s transformation to the modular force design.  In 2005, he deployed his FSC to Ah Salah Din province in Iraq and led them with distinction until his promotion to Major and reassignment as the Assistant S4, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division.

In 2007, upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College, Maj. Rowley was assigned to U.S. Army Central at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he served as the G4 plans officer, responsible for planning for the future drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Next, he was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where he deployed to Iraq and served as the Brigade S4 and as the executive officer, 703d Brigade Support Battalion.  Upon his return, he was assigned to the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, serving as an exercise control chief and scenario design officer.

In 2013, as a Lieutenant Colonel, Rowley commanded the 188th Brigade Support Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He then served as the assistant chief of staff, G5, for the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, responsible for developing concepts of support for contingency plans within the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. 

In 2017, Colonel Rowley graduated from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) with a Master of Science in Strategy and Joint Campaign Planning.  His first assignment as a Colonel was at the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE), where he served as the chief of sustainment from July 2017 to August 2019.  Prior to arriving at the JECC, COL Rowley was again assigned to the Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as the Senior Sustainment Trainer and Deputy Chief of Operations Groups Sierra and Charlie. 

Colonel Rowley’s awards include the Bronze Star (three awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (eight awards), and the Army Commendation Medal.

(Current as of August 2021)