Commander Steven Stowers came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in June 2022 following his Executive Officer tour with U.S. Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT) at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. He was the principal advisor to the Commanding Officer and was the alternate in performing a wide range of federal authorizations to include Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspections. Maintaining the Coast Guard’s largest area of responsibility, Activities Far East oversees port security and marine safety operations spanning 43 countries from the Hawaiian Islands to the India/Pakistan border and as far south as New Zealand.
Commander Stowers received his commission following successful completion of Officer Candidate School located at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Prior to reporting to Japan, he was assigned as the Marine Safety Senior Assignment Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Commander Stowers has served in numerous field and staff positions including Enforcement Chief and Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Port Arthur, TX; Waterways Management and Vessel New Construction Chief at Sector Puget Sound, Seattle, WA; National Technical Advisor at the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, Port Arthur, TX; and Chief of Inspection at Sector Southeastern New England in Providence, RI.
A native of Houston, TX, Commander Stowers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science from Southwest Texas State University and holds a Master in Homeland Security from Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, Commander Stowers completed Port Security Industry Training with Excelerate Energy in The Woodlands, TX, a prominent pioneering LNG company responsible for the integration of re-gasification vessels operating around the globe; and with Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal located in Sabine Pass, TX, one of the nation’s largest LNG liquefaction terminals responsible for exporting and receiving natural gas.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various Unit awards and commendations.