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 Junior Grade Heather Morris

Lt. j.g. Heather Morris hails from Melbourne, FL. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 2004 and received her commission as a 6410/Administration Limited Duty Officer in 2018. 

For her first commissioned tour she served as the Ship’s Secretary, Educational Service Officer, and Personnel Officer onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Bremerton, WA.  Due to manning levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as the Administration Department Head on Nimitz for a 7-month deployment to the THIRD, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Areas of Responsibility.  She is currently billeted as the Legal Department Head at Transient Personnel Unit, Puget Sound, WA, but is currently serving as the Executive Officer.

She started her enlisted career as a Cryptologist Technician Administration (CTA), which was later merged with the Yeoman (YN) rate in 2007.  In 2013 she promoted to Chief Petty Officer.  Her enlisted tours include: Corry Station Schoolhouse, Pensacola, FL; Office of National Intelligence Special Security Office, Jacksonville, FL; Integration Control Element, Guantanamo, Cuba; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, Guam; Naval Special Warfare Unit ONE, Guam; and U.S. Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon, Africa.  

Lt.j.g. Morris is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Her qualifications include the Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare device and the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist device.

Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), as well as many other campaign awards.

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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