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Thomas Bowman - War On Terror
Colonel Tom Bowman of Springfield, Illinois commanded a group of seventeen Illinois Army National Guard officers during a 2005-2006 deployment to Iraq. The group, officially known as Joint Forces Headquarters Forward-9, worked as a U.S. Army liaison team to the Multinational Division that was responsible for an area of Iraq south and east of Baghdad. The division’s commander and its largest contingent was Polish, but eleven other nations had contingents in the division as well. Colonel Bowman worked directly with the division’s senior command element, and oversaw the other Illinois officers, who were assigned to various staff sections throughout the division.