Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of E Detachment in Soldotna for the Alaska State Troopers, is set to retire today after more than 30 years with the troopers.
Bowman joined the troopers with Academy Class No. 25 in September 1975. He began his career doing patrol in Fairbanks but soon moved to the drug unit, a position he held in some form over much of his career.
Over the next three decades, Bowman worked in Cantwell, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with the Anchorage Airport drug unit, with Statewide Drug Enforcement, as the supervisor of the Mat-Su Drug Team, as supervisor of Palmer patrol and as supervisor of Seward patrol in July of 1996. He settled in Soldotna as the deputy commander in March 1997.
In January of 1999, he was promoted to commander and in 2002 his position was upgraded to captain.
During his career, Bowman served as a member of the tactical dive team, the Special Emergency Reaction Team, and the K-9 unit. He was awarded department commendations for Meritorious Service, Honorable Service and Detachment Trooper of the Year.
Unique to Bowman’s career was that he was at one time cross-designated as a National Park ranger at McKinley National Park and as a U.S. Customs officer.
“Everyone with the troopers at the Soldotna post, throughout E Detachment and across the state, wish Capt. Bowman all the best as he begins a new chapter in his life,” said Deputy Director Howard Starbard.
“Tom takes with him years of experience and knowledge about this organization. We’ll miss him professionally, but we’ll also miss him personally.”
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