Commander Eric J. Bower, a native of Berwick, Pennsylvania, graduated the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was designated as a Surface Warfare Officer and served onboard USS Stump (DD-978) until lateral transferring to Naval Aviation in 1997.
His first operational flying tour in 1999 was with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 in Mayport, Florida, where he completed deployments onboard USS HAWES (FFG-53) and USS YORKTOWN (CG-48).
In 2003 he was selected to serve ashore at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 40 as an FRS instructor pilot, the CNAL Search and Rescue Officer and later assumed the duties as the FRS Squadron Maintenance Officer.
Commander Bower began his department head tour as Officer-in-Charge of HSL 48 Detachment TEN in 2005. Embarked USS ELROD (FGG-55), he deployed in support of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One and Operation Active Endeavor. Upon return he served as the Squadron Maintenance Officer and was named HSL-48’s Officer of the Year for 2007.
In 2009, after attending the United States Naval War College and receiving a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, he reported to the Joint Staff, Director for Operations (J-3). He served as Assistant Deputy Director for Operations and Strike Advisor on National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center Team Four in the National Military Command Center. He provided worldwide politico-military monitoring, strategic and emergency action functions and crisis response in support of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and the President of the United States.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), along with several unit commendations and awards.
He is married to the former Lindsay Morgan of Greenwich, CT and they have two children: Ryleigh and Graham.