Area trooper promoted to captain

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002

Lt. Tom Bowman, commander of the Alaska State Troopers' E Detachment, headquartered in Soldotna, has been promoted to captain.

He will remain in his position as commander of the E Detachment, as he has been since January 1999.

Col. Randy Crawford, director of the Alaska State Troopers, announced the promotion Thursday.

"Tom has seen it all, done it all, and done it all well," Crawford said. "E Detachment was the only detachment that didn't have a captain in the command position. By reorganizing the detachment we were able to reclassify the position as a captain and are extremely happy to see Tom rise up in rank." Troopers added Kodiak to the E Detachment's jurisdiction. It was formerly in the C Detachment.

Bowman began his career with the Alaska State Troopers in 1975. He has served in Fairbanks, Cantwell, Anchorage, Palmer, Seward and Soldotna. His duties have included patrol, drug work, ship security, field training and numerous supervisory positions.

Bowman has been an active member of the Troopers' Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) in Fairbanks, Anchorage and at the Anchorage Airport. He also has been on the K-9 team and the Tactical Dive Unit.

Bowman graduated from Alaska Methodist University in 1972 with a degree in secondary education. His parents, Reid and Dolores Bowman, still live in Anchorage. Capt. Bowman has two grown children, his son Reid, who lives in Anchorage, and his daughter Alison, who lives in Seattle.

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