COL Dave Rowland graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. COL Rowland was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1999. Following the standard courses for an Infantry 2LT, COL Rowland reported to 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry (ABN). COL Rowland served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Battalion S1.
COL Rowland then reported to 1st Ranger Battalion where he served as a Ranger Platoon Leader and Battalion S5. Upon completion of the Infantry CCC, COL Rowland reported to 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry (ABN). COL Rowland served as the AS3, Able Company Commander and HHC/173d Commander. Following service in Italy, COL Rowland attended graduate school at Georgetown University studying International Affairs and briefly served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.
Following graduation from CGSC in 2011, COL Rowland reported to 4-9 Infantry (Stryker) where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer from 2011-2013. COL Rowland then served as the Brigade Executive Officer of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade from 2013-2014. COL Rowland served as the aide-de-camp to the Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command from 2014-2015. COL Rowland was also with the Joint Special Operations Command. COL Rowland previously commanded the 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, where he deployed his Squadron to Iraq and Syria. COL Rowland recently served as the Battalion Commander for the 1st Infantry Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) and deployed to Mongolia with SFAB Teams deployed to 11 different countries. COL Rowland is currently a student at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.
COL Rowland’s awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Achievement Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Basic Parachutist Wings, Jumpmaster Wings, Military Freefall Wings, Air Assault Wings, and the Ranger Tab.