Knowing Ronald Fowlkes is a journey into the life of an all-round American man, dad, and hero who has dedicated his life to the service of his community and country. What makes him quintessence of patriotism and a real stand up man? The answers can be found in a rich background of continually putting himself forward to do what is right for family, community, and country. And making sure his ideals and principles never waver from what is expected of a true American.
Service in the US Armed Forces
For 4 years between 1989 and 1993, Ronald Fowlkes served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps. As a marine, he was part of the first Gulf War that successfully ended the illegal occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. For his bravery in combat, he was promoted twice.
During his stint in the Marine Corps, he attended several training courses all geared towards making him a specialist in combat and security issues. Some of the courses and training he attended include:
- Marine Combat Training at the elite Marine Corps School of Infantry
- A Basic Engineer Course diploma
- Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Basic Course
- The United States Army parachute Schools
- Advanced Navy-Marine Corps Parachute Insignia
- Naval Special Warfare Foundation (NSWF) Combat Diver School
It is noteworthy that while with 1st ANGLICO, he took part in several parachute operations with a small unit. The team was mandated to carry out reconnaissance, naval and air gunfire missions.
Various types of encrypted and non-encrypted radios were used as necessary operational tools. As a result of these missions, Fowlkes has become an expert in the use of the highly advanced Modular Universal Laser Equipment (MULE), used as a target locator and guide for laser-guided missiles.
The training and expertise he acquired while in the US Marine Corps served him well as an employee of the Department of Defense Contractor. He was mandated to work with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organizations (JIEDDO) in Iraq with the US Army. His duties here were as extensive as they were important to the success of the tasks.
- These duties included, but were not limited to:
- Instructing the US Military personnel in tactical operations
- Close quarter battles (CQB) and hostage rescue training
- Forensic analysis of blast sites and collection of evidence
- Detailed debriefing and interrogation of captured individuals
- Carrying out mounted/dismounted operations in combat zones
Career in law enforcement
Ronald Fowlkes has an enviable career in law enforcement spanning a period of 13 years. For ten of the 13 years, he worked with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spending the last 7 years in the department’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). He was later promoted head of his own unit and became an expert instructor in: