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Colonel John B. Bowlin

Commander, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Colonel Bowlin is the Fourteenth Commander of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Colonel John “Brad” Bowlin enlisted in the Army in 1987 as a Cavalry Scout where he served with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS and the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Garry Owen, Korea.  He was accessed into the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1990 and assigned to Troop F/2/278 ACR in Bristol, TN.  He received his commission as an Armor Officer in 1992 through the Officer Candidate Course.  He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Armor Captains Career Course, and Command and General Staff College.

Colonel Bowlin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from East Tennessee State University in 1994 and now pursues a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.  

Colonel Bowlin has served in multiple command and staff positions to include Armor Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Cavalry Troop Commander, Reconnaissance Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Executive Officer, Regimental Chief of Operations, and Regimental Executive Officer.

Colonel Bowlin has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Other overseas service includes service in Germany, Korea, Bulgaria, and Central Africa. 

Colonel Bowlin’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Combat Action Badge, and the Order of Saint George.

Colonel Bowlin is a native of Bristol. TN.  He currently resides in Dandridge, TN with his wife Christy and daughter Emma (16).