Dowd, Kenneth S.
Maj. Gen., U.S. Army, Director, DLA Logistics Operations (J3)
Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd assumed duties as the Director of Logistics Operations for the Defense Logistics Agency in August 2012. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Commanding General, 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, U.S. Army Central Command, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
A native of Abington, Pa., Maj. Gen. Dowd graduated from Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Ky., in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also received his commission through the ROTC program. He holds a master’s degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. His other military schools include the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced courses; Logistics Executive Development Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
Maj. Gen. Dowd served in numerous assignments, starting in 1979 as Battalion Motor Officer, 702nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, 8th United States Army, South Korea. Later positions include Battalion Motor Officer; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Supply and Transportation Battalion; S-2/3, 3rd Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colo.; Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.; Logistics Staff Officer, and later Supply and Service Management Officer, U.S. Army Logistics Management Center, Fort Lee, Va.; Operations Chief, Supply and Services, Director of Logistics and Deputy Director, Engineering and Logistics, Sharpe Army Depot, Lathrop, Calif.; Support Operations Officer; Executive Officer, 3rd Forward Support Battalion; and Chief, Division Materiel Management Center, Division Support Command, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, Germany.
Maj. Gen. Dowd assumed command of the 299th Forward Support Battalion in June 1996, deploying to Bosnia in support of Operation Decisive Edge. In June 2001 Maj. Gen. Dowd commanded the Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. His next assignment was Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, Germany. In August 2004, Maj. Gen. Dowd returned to Washington, D.C., to become the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army.
His joint assignments include Logistics Plans Officer, J-4, U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk; Director, Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance, J4, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. In 2007 he served as the Director for Logistics, J-4, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
Maj. Gen. Dowd’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; and the Army Staff Identification Badge.