BLUE WATER TASK FORCE

BIG SKY – Ron Bowlin, a recently retired career U.S. Navy veteran and Big Sky resident, has been elected to the Blue Water Task Force board of directors.

Bowlin spent much of his career in the submarine service as a technician, deep ocean diver, and instructor in electronic intelligence systems and deep submergence recovery. He served on Woods Hole Oceanographic missions, including the deepwater research project to locate the WWII German battleship Bismarck.

Following his retirement as Command Master Chief Petty Officer, Naval Space and Warfare Systems, Bowlin was director of engineering services and chief engineer for Navy, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense accounts for Electronic Data Systems and Hewlett-Packard. He directed development of the Navy, Marine Corps intranet, the largest electronic information network outside the Internet.

“[My wife] Sheryl and I came to Big Sky for the fishing, hunting and skiing,” Bowlin said. “We both grew up in small towns, and it’s great to be back in one.”

BWTF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) watershed group headquartered in Big Sky. Bowlin joins Eric Becker, Jack Crowther, Ron Edwards, Jon Holtzman, Nancy Scheil, San Schwalbe and Mike Richter on the board. Kristin Gardner is the organization’s executive director.

The Bowlins have vacationed in Big Sky since 1997, and moved here full time in 2012. Bowlin is also president of the Deer Run Homeowners Association.

Find more at bluewatertaskforce.org.