Lieutenant Colonel Dowling enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during May 2002. From 1992-1997 he served as a Tank Crewman with D Company, 8th Tank Battalion. Upon graduation from South Carolina State University, he was commissioned in 1998.
Upon completing The Basic School in December 1998, he attended the Air Support Control Officer Course in Twentynine Palms, CA. Upon completion of the Air Support Control Officers Course, he attended the Low Altitude Air Defense Officers Course at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX and subsequently received orders to Marine Air Support Squadron 1 in May 1999. He then reported to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28 and served as the Adjutant, Close Battle Cell Coordinator, and Air Defense Cell Coordinator.
From 2002 until 2005 Captain Dowling was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina where he served as a Series Commander and Company Executive Officer for L Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion. He was subsequently selected as the Company Commander for Special Training Company, Support Battalion where he was responsible for over 400 recruits, 50 basic Marines, and a staff of over 30 Drill Instructors.
In July of 2005, he reported to MTACS-18, Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 18 and was assigned as the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) Officer in Charge (OIC). He was subsequently designated as the MACG Detachment Officer-In-Charge (OIC) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During that time, he supported numerous exercises and operations in the Pacific Command area of operation.
In 2006, he transferred to MTACS- 28, MACG- 28, 2D MAW. His duties included Remain Behind Element OIC, TACC OIC, Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer. He also deployed with the TACC as a Senior Air Coordinator in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2007 and 2009. In between deployments, he graduated from the Spring 2008 WTI course.
In July 2009, Major Dowling was ordered to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation, Expeditionary Enablers Branch where he served as the Air Support Branch Head, Direct Air Support Center advocate, Occupational Field Sponsor, and action officer. At the conclusion of his tour at Headquarters Marine Corps, he was selected to attend the USMC Command and Staff College for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. After graduating, he transferred to MCAS Miramar to assume duties as the MACG DET OIC for the 11th MEU.
From July 2013 to March 2015, Major Dowling was assigned to HMM-163 (REIN) as the MACG Detachment and Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) Detachment OIC. Throughout the deployment, the detachment participated in theater security cooperation exercises in Singapore, Malaysia, Djibouti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Philippines. The MACG/MWSS Detachment also participated in operations in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In August 2015, LtCol Dowling was transferred to MACG-18 to assume duties as the Executive Officer.
LtCol Dowling currently has Masters Degrees in Management and Business Administration.
Lieutenant Colonel Dowling’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold star in lieu of second award, Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.