Timothy L. Bowles – October 2010 Shipment Honoree
Bowles, an Air Force staff sergeant, was sent to Afghanistan in November, his father said. It was his first tour in a war zone. He was a fire engine mechanic, the senior Bowles said. “He volunteered to go on that mission that day to take the place of a comrade who was sick. I just learned that today (Monday),” Bowles and four other airmen were killed by a roadside bomb in Eastern Afghanistan, according to an Air Force release and an article Monday in The New York Times.
Bowles was assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group’s Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Jalalabad, his father said. His home base was Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska.
The senior Bowles said his son worked at the Tucson Medical Center cafeteria while taking classes at Pima Community College for a year after his 2002 graduation from Tucson High. “He never said what he was studying.”
When Timothy enlisted in the Air Force, Bowles said he was “stunned” but “I was all for it.” He said Louis confided in his mother, Lisa that he was unhappy at times growing up, as his father left for one deployment after another. He didn’t understand his father’s military career was what took him away from home. “He didn’t comprehend why I had to leave. He thought, ‘Dad was mad at us,’” he said. The elder Bowles served in the first Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, he said.
In addition to his parents, who now live in Glorietta, N.M., he is survived by his older sister, Heather Ketchmark, who lives at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.
The Associated Press
As a youngster growing up on base, Staff Sgt. Timothy L. Bowles took a special interest in elderly veterans who attended chapel services on Sundays. He made a point of paying attention to them and assisting them if they needed help, said his father, Air Force retiree Louis Bowles. “ He was loving and loyal, a son you could trust.”
“That was Tim,” Air Force retiree Louis Bowles said of his son’s offer to fill in for someone. “He was always unselfish, wanting to help people any way he could.”
Bowles graduated from Tucson High School in 2002 and attended Pima Community College before joining the Air Force.
“Raised in a military family, he knew the cost of freedom. He did not falter and he did not fail,” said Col. Richard Walberg.
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — Elmendorf Air Force Base officials will hold a memorial service this week to honor an NCO killed at 12:30 a.m. March 15 supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Eastern Afghanistan.
Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Lee said Bowles was in an armored Humvee with three Army soldiers when the vehicle rolled over a pressure-sensitive bomb. The two servicemen in front, including Bowles, died instantly, and the two in the back died later, he said.
He deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2008, and was scheduled to be deployed for nine months. He was assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group’s Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Sergeant Bowles was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. He arrived to Elmendorf AFB in July 2007 and was assigned to the Vehicle Management Flight.
Sergeant Bowles was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., where his father was stationed. He graduated from Tucson High School in 2002.
“The 3rd Wing and all of Team Elmendorf feel the pain of losing Sergeant Bowles,” said Col. Richard Walberg, the 3rd Wing vice commander. “He was always ready to go beyond what was merely expected of him. In fact, on Sunday he filled in for a comrade who was not feeling well in Afghanistan. He was a living embodiment of our Air Force core values of integrity, service before self and excellence. Raised in a military family, he knew the cost of freedom. He did not falter and he did not fail. Our prayers are with Tim’s family, friends and professional colleagues.”
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