Rear Admiral (Select) John (Jay) H. Bowling III joined the U.S. Navy in May 1973 and received orders to Naval Station Bainbridge to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1974. Following Preparatory School he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1978, and went on to receive his wings at Flight School in 1980.
His first sea tour began in 1980 with the Easy-Riders of HSL-37 in Hawaii, where he flew the SH-2F Seasprite and deployed with USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067) and USS Cushing (DD 985). In 1985 he was assigned to the Wolfpack of HSL-45 in San Diego, Calif. During this tour he deployed with USS Rueben James (FFG 57) and USS McCluskey (FFG 41) where he participated in Operation Earnest Will. In 1988 he received orders to HSL-41 in San Diego where he served as Executive Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer. His third sea tour was with the Battlecats of HSL-43 where he deployed with Cushing as Officer in Charge of Detachment Ten.
In 1991 he received orders to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as HS/HSL placement officer with a follow on as Assistant Captain Assignment Officer. In 1993 he reported as the Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan.
In 1996 he reported to USS Boxer (LHD 4) as the Air Officer and deployed to the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and Arabian Gulf. In 1998 he reported to USSOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. In March 2001 he reported to USS Tarawa (LHA 1) as the Executive Officer until May 2002. On 22 July 2002, he assumed command of Tarawa in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He assumed his present assignment as Special Assistant to Commander, Amphibious Group Three on 22 January 2004.
Rear Admiral (Select) Bowling has accumulated over 4,900 flight hours and 1,800 small deck landings. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).
Updated: 10 February 2005