By U.S. ArmyAugust 10, 2016
Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens is the Commanding General of United States Army Alaska.
Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens assumed command of U.S. Army Alaska on July 10, 2015 following his assignment at European Command as Director, J3. Prior to that, Major General Owens served as the DCOS OPS, HQ, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, the DCG OPS (South), 25 ID in Iraq, Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and he has also served as the Chief of Staff for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry through the ROTC Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1983 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. His formal education is consistent with that of a career Infantry Officer and includes a Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in 1995 and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the United States Army War College in 2004.
Major General Owens has commanded Airborne Infantry units at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. His service as a staff officer includes tours as a battalion XO and a S3/G-3 at battalion, brigade, and division levels along with joint tours in USEUCOM, USPACOM and The Joint Staff in the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Tours in West Berlin, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia/Iraq, Hawaii, Kosovo, and numerous stateside posts have afforded Major General Owens unique professional experiences and opportunities. Duty in Operations JUST CAUSE, DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, JOINT GUARDIAN, AMERICAN ASSIST (New Orleans post hurricanes Katrina and Rita), and IRAQI FREEDOM three times have given Major General Owens experience in joint and combined operations and war-fighting.
Major General Owens has earned numerous awards and decorations, to include the Combat Infantryman Badge (2d award), Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Legion of Merit (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster).