Command Sgt. Maj. Owens has been the Command Sergeant Major of the 335th Signal Command (Theater) since July 2012.
He entered the active Army in February 1984 at Fort Knox, Ky., where he was trained as a Tank Systems Mechanic. CSM Owens left active duty in February 1988.
Previous assignments include: Command Sgt. Maj., 415th Chemical Brigade, Greenville, S.C.; Command Sgt. Maj, Army Reserve First Operational CCRMF Force, 457TH Chemical Battalion; First Sergeant C Co. 3RD BN 323 Regt. 108TH DIV (IT) Clemson, S.C.; First Sergeant 3RD BN 323 Regt., 4TH TNG BDE, Fort Jackson, S.C.; First Sergeant A CO 1ST BN 518TH Regt., 108TH DIV (IT), Asheville, North Carolina; Platoon Sergeant D CO 3RD BN 323RD Regt. 108TH Div (IT), Clemson, S.C.; Operations NCO 1ST BDE 108TH DIV (IT); Drill Sergeant D CO 3RD BN 323RD Regt. 108TH Div (IT) Spartanburg, S.C.; Tank Systems Mechanic 2/10 Cavalry Regt. Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Command Sergeant Major Owens is a graduate of the Tanks Systems Mechanics course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, The Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Course, Infantry Basic Leaders Course, Infantry Advanced Leaders Course, The First Sergeants Course, The Sergeants Majors Course and CBRN Responders Course.
Military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6TH Award), The National Defense Service Medal W/Bronze Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device and Gold Hourglass, Professional Development Ribbon W/# 4 affixed, Mechanic Badge and the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal. He is also the recipient of the Chemical Corps Order of the Dragon Award.
Command Sergeant Major Owens is employed as an Operations Specialist with Celanese Chemicals in Enoree, South Carolina S.C. He serves on the Hazmat Response team, the Confined Space Rescue Team and the First Responder Team.
He and his wife Doris and son Robert reside in Spartanburg, S.C. He also has four adult children: Stephanie, Lacey, Dana and Damon Jr.