MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- The New Bern Military Alliance will recognize Staff Sgt. Zane Bowman and his wife, Staff Sgt. Amber Loveless-Bowman, for their outstanding work in the community at the New Bern Golf and Country Club today. The couple has been selected as the recipients of the organization’s Military Family of the Quarter award.
The couple has two sons with a third on the way. They described their children as a driving force in why they do as much as they do.
“We feel that we have been very blessed and fortunate, and because of that, we are fortunate enough to donate our time to assist others where we can,” said Bowman, the deceptive electronic countermeasures course staff noncommissioned officer in charge at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training. “We hope that our children will see this as they grow up and will grow to appreciate volunteering and want to do so themselves.”
Within their Marine Corps careers, the couple has collectively contributed more than 700 hours of service to their local communities. Currently, the couple’s activities include mentoring Special Olympics athletes, helping with the Craven County schools’ Spring Carnival and Fall Festival, and volunteering at the Craven County Animal Shelter.
Loveless-Bowman, the station ordnance magazine chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, said that for her the best part about volunteering is, “knowing that one day, one event or one hour can make a difference to someone and maybe inspire them to do more.”
The couple has made a habit of volunteering time together, and their work in the community has been formally recognized before.
Both have earned the Marine Corps Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
The couple said they want their Marines to follow in their footsteps and help others.
“I want my Marines to know that the military can support their community as the community supports their military,” Loveless-Bowman said. “We are here because they want us here. It’s not a right we own, it’s a privilege that we need to honor.”