Commanding Officer


Captain Michael G. Dowling

U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer

Captain Dowling is a native of East Northport, New York.  He Attended the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School and is a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Oceanography.  He holds a M.S. in Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command & Staff College and a Master of Systems Analysis degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Captain Dowling was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1993 and has accumulated more than 2000 hours in the CH-46D, MH-53E, and MH-60S helicopters.  His aviation tours include HC-8 in Norfolk, VA; HC-4 in Sigonella, Sicily; and HSC-3 and HSC-23 in San Diego, CA.  Captain Dowling also served as the Officer in Charge, 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Kuwait.  He was selected for aviation command and had the privilege of serving as the Commanding Officer of the HSC-23 Wildcards from 2009-2010.  Captain Dowling also completed sea tours as the Navigator on the USS INCHON (MCS 12) and Air Boss on the USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8).  Captain Dowling recently completed his major command tour in Sasebo, Japan as Commodore, Mine Countermeasures Squadron SEVEN.

Ashore, Captain Dowling served as the Aide to the Commander, Naval Base Norfolk, VA and as a Programmer/Future Capabilities Officer at USSTRATCOM in Omaha, NE.  While at USSTRATCOM, he also served as the Executive Assistant for the Capability and Resources Integration Director (J8).  Captain Dowling later served as the Deputy Director for Operations and Sexual Assault Prevention Officer for Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

Captain Dowling is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego, CA.

Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars and various unit and theater awards and citations.  He is also the recipient of the 2000 SURFLANT Shiphandler of the Year award.