MCLB-ALBANY — Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Rowan will assume the role of Marine Corps Logistics Command’s sergeant major from Sgt. Maj. Stephanie Murphy during a relief and appointment ceremony Friday aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
An available biography on Rowan, who had been serving as the sergeant major for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Headquarters Battalion in New Orleans, said he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., in June of 1991, and upon graduation reported to Camp Geiger, N.C., for combat training and the School of Infantry.
After military occupational specialty training, Rowan reported to Marine Corps Security Forces Training Center in Northwest Chesapeake, Va. Upon graduation he was assigned to Marine Corps Security Forces Company in Panama and later assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, N.C., before deploying to Panama.
In 1995, he deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, completing the Slovenian Army Mountain Leaders Course. Rowan reported to the first fleet antiterrorism security team in Norfolk, Va., and deployed in June of 1998 to Italy.
In 2000, he deployed to Italy again. While there, his platoon conducted training exercises in Suda Bay, Crete, with the Greek Airborne Battalion and supported the Navy Police of U.S. Naval Base Suda Bay. Rowan’s platoon conducted training in England with the Royal Army at its Northern Ireland Training Center.
In July 2001, Rowan reported to Marine Security Guard Battalion, and after graduation was assigned to the American embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as detachment commander. In March of 2003, he reported to the embassy Manama, Bahrain, as detachment commander for his second post. In July of 2004, Rowan reported to the embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, for the re-activation of the Marine Security Guard Detachment as detachment commander.
In June of 2005, he reported for duty to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines at Twentynine Palms, Calif. He deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In January of 2007, he again deployed to Ar Ramadi for OIF. In March of 2008, Rowan reported to the inspector and instructor staff for 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in West Palm Beach, Fla.
In March of 2011, Rowan reported to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. In January of 2012, he was promoted to his current rank and assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion at Marine Corps Installations East at Camp Lejeune.
On Nov. 10, 2013, Rowan was posted as the sergeant major for 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines. He deployed with the battalion for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Africa 14.1 and the Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2 rotations.
Rowan’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars in lieu of a fourth award; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of a fourth award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Murphy, a native Pine Bluff, Ark., enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988. She has completed deployments to Japan and Iraq, and has served in South Carolina, California, North Carolina, Florida and Indiana during the course of her career. In December 1999, as a staff sergeant, she was transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion at MCLB-Albany and served as the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Transportation Management Office.
As a gunnery sergeant, Murphy was awarded a congressional record by the 107th Congress honoring her as the first female drill instructor at Naval Officer Candidate School. She was promoted to her current rank in January of 2009 and reported to Parris Island for duty as the 4th Recruit Training Battalion sergeant major.
In February of 2013, she reported to Officer Candidate School, and in April 2013 as the sergeant major of Officer Candidate School. She became the highest ranking senior enlisted noncommissioned officer for LOGCOM in June of 2015, succeeding Sgt. Maj. Joseph Davenport.
Murphy has obtained a bachelors of arts degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She also has a master of business administration degree from the American Military University. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.