CDR Kirk Sowers

Commanding Officer, Commander, Naval Beach Unit 7 (NBU 7)

01 February 2020
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CDR Kirk Sowers
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CDR Kirk Sowers
CDR Kirk Sowers
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VIRIN: 210128-N-N0831-0110

CDR Sowers, a native of Santa Cruz, CA., reported to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA., in 1989. Upon graduating from Aviation Electronics “A” School and Advance First Term Avionics, he completed operational tours attached to VR-24 in Sigonella, Sicily and VAQ-33 in Key West, FL. After completing Naval Aircrewman Candidate School and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School in Pensacola, FL., he reported to the Search and Rescue Detachment, NAS Oceana, VA., from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, he was assigned to HC-2 as a Rescue Swimmer and Crew Chief onboard the UH-3H Sea King. In 1999, he was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program.

CDR Sowers graduated from Norfolk State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In August of 2012, he completed a Masters Degree of Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership from George Washington University. A 2013 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a 2014 graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he earned his second Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science - Operational Planning.
A Surface Warfare Officer, his operational assignments include USS THOMAS S GATES (CG 51) where he served as the First Lieutenant, Electrical Officer, Fire Control Officer, and Weapons Officer. Onboard USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8), he served as the Chief Engineer.  Additionally, he was attached to Engineering Assessments Atlantic, where he served as Assessment Team Member, Project Officer and Senior Assessor; conducting engineering assessments on conventional powered Atlantic Fleet based ships. His last sea duty assignment was onboard USS GERALD R FORD (CVN 78) as the Damage Control Assistant.  Ashore, he was attached to Officer Training Command, Pensacola FL., serving as a Class Officer and lead navigation and seamanship instructor and attached to Afloat Training Group, Norfolk serving as Director, Engineering and Damage Control Training (N82).  CDR Sowers most recent tour was Executive Officer, Naval Beach Unit Seven.
CDR Sowers operational experience includes four deployments to USSOUTHCOM AOR conducting counter-narcotics missions in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During his last deployment, CDR Sowers played an instrumental role in the initial testing and evaluation of the Navy’s first Vertical Takeoff, Unmanned Aerial Helicopter - Firescout.
CDR Sowers’s decorations include the Navy Marine Corps Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

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