|BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK C. NOWLAND|
Brigadier General Mark C. Nowland is Director for Strategy, Policy, and Plans (J5), Headquarters U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla. He is responsible for advising the promulgation of United States political/military policy for 32 nations and 15 dependencies located within the Southern Command theater. The J5 Directorate also develops the strategic framework for engagement throughout the region for the combatant commander in order to meet national security objectives.
General Nowland graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He has commanded at the squadron and wing levels and has served on the Joint Staff and Air Force Major Command Staff levels. The general has flown combat operations in support of operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. He is also a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and a National Security Fellow from the Olin Institute at Harvard University.
1985 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1990 Squadron Officer School, in residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Master of Aviation Sciences degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2003 Air War College, by correspondence
2004 John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2009 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Latin America Forces, Washington, D.C.
1. July 1985 - July 1986, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. July 1986 - July 1988, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. July 1988 - December 1989, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Randolph AFB, Texas
4. May 1991 - July 1995, F-15 Instructor Pilot, Langley AFB, Va.
5. July 1995 - July 1997, F-15 Fighter Flight Commander, Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland
6. July 1997 - July 1999, Student, Air Command and Staff and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1999 - February 2000, Chief, Doctrine Branch, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
8. February 2000 - May 2001, Deputy, Commander's Action Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
9. June 2001 - June 2002, Assistant Operations Officer, 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
10. June 2002 - May 2003, Operations Officer, 71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
11. May 2003 - May 2004, Commander, 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
12. June 2004 - May 2005, Olin Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
13. June 2005 - May 2006, Chief, Program Support Division (J39), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2006 - June 2007, Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. June 2007- July 2008, Vice Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
16. July 2008 - May 2010, Commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.
17. May 2010 - June 2012, Director, Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments Directorate, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
18. July 2012 - present, Director for Strategy, Policy and Plans (J5), Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2005 - May 2006, Chief, Program Support Division (J39), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. May 2006 - June 2007, Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
3. July 2012 - present, Director for Strategy, Policy and Plans (J5), Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., as a brigadier general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600 hours
Aircraft flown: F-15C, AT-38B, T-38A/C, T-6 and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1985
First Lieutenant May 29, 1987
Captain May 29, 1989
Major May 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000
Colonel July 1, 2005
Brigadier General Aug. 6, 2010
(Current as of October 2012)