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Transient Personnel Unit - Puget Sound Leadership Biographies

Commanding Officer, Transient Personnel Unit - Puget Sound 

Lieutenant Commander Ryan Bowers


A native of Clearlake, California, Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Bowers enlisted as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic (AME) in 2001 and received his commission through Seaman to Admiral in 2011.

Bowers is a Human Resources (HR) Officer with a proven subspecialty in Manpower Systems Analysis and is board certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).   A graduate of San Diego State University, he earned a Master of Science degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME1).

HR assignments include service as Fleet Programming and Manpower (POM) Analyst, Fleet Distribution Officer, and Executive Assistant for the Director, Total Force Management, U.S. Pacific Fleet (N1), Officer in Charge, Yokosuka Transient Personnel Unit, Officer in Charge, Pretrial Confinement Facility Yokosuka, and as Manpower Analyst and Individual Augmentee Coordinator for Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

Enlisted assignments include tours as a maintenance professional in Strike Fighter Squadron 192 in Atsugi, Japan deploying onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and Strike Fighter Squadron 146 in Lemoore, CA deploying onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He also served as a Recruiter at Navy Recruiting District San Francisco where he was meritoriously advanced to First Class Petty Officer. 

Bowers’ military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (four awards). 

Executive Officer, Transient Personnel Unit - Puget Sound 

Lieutenant  Meghan F. R. Hoover
A Seattle native, Meghan F. R. Hoover graduated from Washington State University Pullman, Washington with a BA in Sociology in May 2005.
 
LT Hoover enlisted in the Navy in May 2011 as an Air Traffic Controller (AC). In November 2011, LT Hoover reported to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida where she advanced to Second Class Petty Officer, qualified as Tower Supervisor and was awarded Junior Sailor of the year for 2013. After graduating Carrier Air Traffic Control “C” School, LT Hoover reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility where she advanced to First Class Petty Officer, qualified as Radar Supervisor, and was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS).
 
After graduating OCS in February 2016, LT Hoover attended the Information Warfare Basic Course with follow on training as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer. Her first tour as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer was at Naval Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii where she served as the Training Department Head and Deputy Senior Operations Officer (DSOO) working for the Hawaii Security Operation Center at NSA/CSS Hawaii. While at NIOC Hawaii she earned her M.S. in Leadership from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
 
LT Hoover then served at Information Warfare Training Group (IWTG) San Diego working as the N1 Administration Officer where she was board certified as a Professional in Human Resources and selected for Lateral Transfer to Human Resources community.
 
Hoover’s military awards include the Navy and Marine Corp Commendations Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Command Senior Chief, Transient Personnel Unit - Puget Sound  

Command Senior Chief Millard Gene Charles Jr.
 

Command Senior Chief Millard Gene Charles Jr. is a native to Texas, raised in the Houston and San Antonio areas.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in July of 1999 and reported to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois that same month.  He successfully completed AO “A” school in December of 1999 in Pensacola, Florida.  In February of 2021, he was selected for Command Senior Chief (CMDCS) and filled the “gapped” billet of Command Senior Enlisted Leader, at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Twelve (HSC-12) from February 2021 to September 2021.

His Sea duty assignments include:  USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Yokosuka, Japan; USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in Everett, Washington; USS George Washington (CVN-73) in Yokosuka, Japan; USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in Yokosuka, Japan; and HSC-12 in Atsugi, Japan.

His subsequent shore duties include Naval Air Facility Misawa/Naval Munitions Command Misawa in Aomori, Japan and Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound in Silverdale, Washington.

In October 2021, he started serving as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound.  CMDCS Charles graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 240 (Orange) in April 2021 and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (CMC/COB) course (Class 22020) in December 2021.  His NEC’s include 8SEA and 8CSC.

Command Senior Chief Charles is qualified to wear the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) insignias.  His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Award (three awards), Good Conduct Medal (six awards), and various other Unit and campaign awards.

 
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