Longest-serving Marine retires after 43 years of service

Col. Edmund Bowen, middle, speaks with guests during a cake-cutting ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 14, 2015. Bowen, retired from the Marine Corps after 43 years of service, according to a report on Thursday, Jan 5, 2017. Hailey D. Stuart/U.S. Marine Corps

After more than 43 years of service to our country, United States Marine Corps Col. Edmund J. Bowen retired during a solemn, ceremonial tribute hosted recently in Washington, D.C.

At the time of his retirement Col. Bowen was the longest active U.S. Marine on duty.

His past combat assignments included Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM; Operation RESTORE HOPE, Somalia, Africa; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Baghdad Iraq; and two tours Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of Marine Corps Engineer School, Amphibious Warfare School, Advance Logistics Officer Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.

Col. Bowen holds a bachelor of science degree in management from Linfield College, a master of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University, and a master of Strategic Studies from the Air University.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of second award; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars; and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Full article: Longest-serving Marine retires after 43 years of service – U.S. – Stripes

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