LCDR Rowden grew up in Superior, Montana. He earned his commission as an Ensign in 2003 through the University of California, Los Angeles Naval ROTC program, receiving a B.A. in Political Science.
Following commissioning he reported for sea duty to USS PORTER (DDG 78) where he served as MP Division Officer and Strike Officer. In September, 2007 he reported as Training Officer onboard USS PONCE (LPD 15). Following Department Head training in Newport, RI, he reported to USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109) as the ship’s Operations Officer. He reported as Executive Officer onboard USS AVENGER in September, 2013.
While on shore duty, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. During that time, he earned a M.S. in Systems Engineering Analysis, completed Joint Professional Military Education, and was selected for a competitive Scholar in-Residence program sponsored by Northrop Grumman Marine Systems, Sunnyvale . Consequently LCDR Rowden attended the Defense Language Institute and received an A.A. in Russian Language.
LCDR Rowden’ personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.