One week after achieving Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s noncommissioned officer of the quarter, for the second quarter 2013, then-Cpl. Stephanie A. Bowens sat face-to-face, via satellite, with members of the Marine Corps Installations East Meritorious Sergeant’s Board.
Bowens, a postal clerk in MCLB Albany’s mailroom, admittedly, sat with perfect posture, before MCIEAST’s board and competed against seven fellow Marines for the honor of qualifying for meritorious sergeant selectee, which she achieved.
MCLB Albany’s Commanding Officer, Col. Donald J. Davis, and Master Gunnery Sgt. Carlotta M. Moore, adjutant chief, Marine Corps Logistics Command, pinned the sergeant selectee at a ceremony here, May 13.
“It is always a great day when a commander can promote an outstanding Marine like Sergeant Bowens,” Davis said.
According to Moore, “Bowens fits the mold that makes her a model Marine. She is very mature, aggressive, responsible and competitive - all qualities of the perfect Marine.”
Moore did not hesitate when she described Bowens as having “impeccable character and ethics, which are consistent with the Marine Corps’ core values of honor, courage and commitment.”
“Bowens is deserving of her promotion as she demonstrates the highest standard of integrity,” Moore said. “She is intelligent, personable, articulate, has an immaculate appearance, confident, versatile and excels at all tasks.”
According to Bowens, “My professionalism, respectable conduct, representation, and influence as a good leader in support of junior Marines,” were factors, which probably spring-boarded her for consideration for the promotion opportunity.
Bowens also credited her fellow Marines, who helped her to prepare for the boards, with their knowledge and by “continuously firing questions” at her from various Marine Corps training aids. She laughed as she referred to one particular manual as “the green monster.”
The newly-promoted sergeant obtained her Bachelors of Arts in English from Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y., and is pursuing her master’s in business administration and marketing from the University of Phoenix.
Bowens’ passion for knowledge led her to volunteer several hours of her spare time to pursue an opportunity as a writer for The Emblem, the base newspaper here.
Emblem staff characterized Bowens as “enthusiastic, eager to learn and not afraid to face the challenges of journalism.”
The Rochester, N.Y., native’s first choice when pursuing her military career was the U.S. Air Force; however, circumstances led her to the Marine Corps recruiting office. As a result, Bowens enlisted and completed her basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
By her own admission, Bowens, who has been stationed at MCLB Albany since July 2012, said, “There is no other branch of service in which I would ever want to serve. I love the Corps.”
Bowens is president of the base’s Single Marine Program, has clocked more than 250 volunteer hours to various events and community clubs and organizations, including the Boys Club and Girls, Inc.
Her future career goals, after the Corps, is to become a reservist; pursue her doctorate degree, relocate to Atlanta, Ga., to jump-start her marketing career, and to possibly become a Marine recruiter.
Wherever future roads lead her, she said she will be committed to giving back to the community and serving my country.