Mr. Charles R. Bowery, Jr. - Executive Director, U.S. Army Center of Military History

Mr. Charles R. Bowery, Jr.

Executive Director/Chief of Military History, U.S. Army Center of Military History

Mr. Bowery is responsible for the overall supervision and direction of historical matters throughout the Department of the Army, which includes management of fifty-seven Army museums and more than thirty historical centers, and overall supervision of the Army’s operational and deployed military historians and military history detachments. As the Chief of Military History, Mr. Bowery plans, formulates, and executes the Army Historical Program, and supervises the production of Army historical works and studies that support the Army’s development of plans, policies, doctrine, force structure, and equipment. The CMH advises the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army and other Army Senior Leaders on historical background relevant to events and projected actions affecting the Army.


  • Dec 2015: Appointed to the Senior Executive Service
  • June 2013-Dec 2015: Joint Staff, J-8, and Officer in Charge, Joint Staff Robotic and Autonomous Systems Team, Pentagon
  • Sep 2011-Jun 2013: Chief, Doctrine Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, TRADOC
  • Jul 2009-Sep 2011: Commander, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, FORSCOM
  • Dec 2008-Jul 2009: Chief of Operations, G3, III Armored Corps, FORSCOM
  • Jul 2004-Dec 2008: Battalion Operations Officer, Brigade Operations Officer, and Brigade Executive Officer, 1st Infantry Division and 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, USAREUR
  • Apr 1999-Jul 2003: Advanced Civil Schooling and Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy
  • Jul 1997-Apr 1999: Logistics Officer and Troop Commander, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brigade, Eighth U.S. Army / Korea
  • Aug 1993-Oct 1996: Executive Officer, Platoon Leader, and Adjutant, 82nd Aviation Brigade and 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment, FORSCOM


  • Master of Arts, History, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1992


  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2004
  • U.S. Army AH-64 A/D Aircraft Qualification Courses, Fort Rucker, AL, 1995/2005


  • Legion of Merit, U.S. Army
  • Bronze Star Medal (three awards), U.S. Army
  • Air Medal (four awards), U.S. Army
  • Order of St. Michael, Army Aviation Association of America
  • General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, Eighth U.S. Army / Korea


  • Master Army Aviator
  • Army Parachutist
  • FAA Private Pilot


  • Association of the United States Army
  • Army Aviation Association of America
  • Society For Military History


  • Richmond-Petersburg, 1864-1865 (Praeger, 2014)
  • The Army War College Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (with Ethan S. Rafuse; University Press of Kansas, 2014)
  • Lee and Grant: Profiles in Leadership From the Battlefields of Virginia (American Management Association, 2003)