Military Bios

Rear Admiral William A. Kowba:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Supply Corps Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers
Rear Admiral Bill Kowba is a native of Rochester, N.Y. He received his commission through the Officer Candidate School Program in June 1976. Following commissioning, Rear Adm. Kowba completed the basic qualification training courses at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., and then from the Navy Officer Submarine School in Groton, Conn.
His shipboard tours have included service as Supply Officer of the fleet ballistic submarine, USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626); Assistant Supply Officer of the submarine tender, USS Hunley (AS 31); and Supply Officer of the submarine tender, USS McKee (AS 41).
Ashore, the admiral has served in a variety of logistics and financial management positions. His shore assignments from 1979 to 1983 included Stock Control and Material Officer at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland and Contracting Officer at the Defense Construction Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.
During his first Washington, D.C., tour from 1983-1985, Rear Adm. Kowba was part of the Management Consulting Division at the Navy Audit Service Command Headquarters. Subsequently, he was assigned as the NISTARS/Mechanized Warehouse Officer at Naval Supply Center Norfolk, Va. Returning to Washington, D.C., in 1992, Rear Adm. Kowba joined the Submarine Warfare Division (OPNAV-N87) in the Pentagon as Deputy Budget Officer and later transferred to the Office of Supply Corps Personnel in the Naval Supply Systems Command to become a Supply Corps Assignment Officer.
From 1997 to 1999, he served as the Customer Service Officer at Fleet and Industrial Supply Center San Diego, Calif., and then as the first Regional Comptroller in the CINCPACFLT claimancy, working on the staff of the Commander, Navy Region Southwest. In July 1999, Rear Adm. Kowba became Head, Supply Operations, Transportation and Petroleum Branch (OPNAV-N41). From 2000 to 2002, he commanded FISC Norfolk, the Navy's oldest and largest supply center. He was last assigned as the Senior Fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, R.I., from September 2002 until July 2003 when he returned to San Diego to serve as Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers.
Rear Adm. Kowba holds a bachelor of arts degree from St. Bonaventure University and three graduate degrees. He has master of arts degrees from the University of Richmond and Webster University and a masterís degree in business administration from the Anderson School at UCLA. The admiral is also a graduate of the Tuck School of Business Executive Program at Dartmouth College.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a qualified Submarine Supply Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer. Rear Adm. Kowba is also a member of the Department of Navy Acquisition Professional Community.
Effective: 6 October 2003


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