JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 22, 2013) -- Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials announced their next command sergeant major with a reporting date of January 2014.Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen E. Bowens comes to the MICC from 1st Recruiting Brigade at Fort Meade, Md., where he serves as command sergeant major.Bowens will assume responsibilities as MICC command sergeant major following the reassignment of Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades in December. Rhoades departs the MICC to serve as the command sergeant major for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany, which provides combat and support capabilities as well as theater sustainment support to U.S. Army Europe.Bowens, a native of Saint Stephens, S.C., enlisted in the Army in June 1989 as an armor crewman. He served in armor battalions and an armor cavalry regiment before entering the recruiting military occupational specialty in 1997.Following recruiting duty, his assignments included senior instructor and division chief at the Recruiting and Retention School, first sergeant at the battalion level, and sergeant major for the Soldier Support Institute at Fort Jackson, S.C. He served as the command sergeant major at the battalion level prior to his current position.Bowens is a graduate of all of the Army NCO Education System courses, including the Sergeants Major Academy. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Columbia Southern University and MBA in Human Resource Management from Trident University.His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, and Glen E. Morrell Ring and Medallion. He is authorized to wear the Air Assault Badge.