Maj. Gen. Dowd
December 28, 2010
By 1st TSC
Maj. Gen. Dowd was commissioned through the ROTC program upon graduation from Cumberland College, Ky., in 1979. His military education includes the Quartermaster Basic and Advance Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and the United States Army War College. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Maj. Gen. Dowd has served in command and staff positions throughout his career to include: Tech Supply Officer in the 702nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division; Battalion Maintenance Officer and Commander Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th S&T Battalion, 4th Infantry Division; Research and Development Officer, CASCOM, Fort Lee, Va.; Support Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany; Division Material Management Officer, Division Support Command, 3rd Infantry Division; Joint Logistics Plans Officer, USACOM, Norfolk, Va.; and Commander, 299th Forward Support Battalion Schweinfurt, Germany. During this tour, the 299th deployed to Bosnia and provided the logistical support for the 2nd Brigade "Dagger" Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He served as Chief, Logistics Operation Center, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army, Washington D.C. In July of 2001 he assumed Command of the 1st Armored Division Support Command. During this timeframe his units deployed in support of Operation IRAQ FREEDOM. Following command, Maj. Gen. Dowd served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army Europe; the Executive Officer to the Army G4 and the Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Security Assistance, United States Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. Dowd's most recent assignment was Director of Logistics, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., where he directed all logistics and engineering planning and operations in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Maj. Gen. Dowd's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, and the Army Achievement medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Army Staff Identification Badge.