Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff

An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed Sunday in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron.

The patrol Bowles was with was checking on a local school when his vehicle was destroyed by the IED, according to an Air Force press release.

Bowles’ first duty assignment was at Cannon Air Force Base. He arrived at Elmendorf AFB in July 2007 and was assigned to the Vehicle Management Flight.

The Tucson Citizen
newspaper in Arizona reported Bowles was a 2002 Tucson High School graduate who
had been in Afghanistan since November.

The paper reported Bowles
volunteered to go on the mission that claimed his life after a comrade became
ill.

A comment attributed to
TSgt. Rick Ramirez left on the Citizen’s Web site was directed to Bowles’
parents. It read:

“I had the privilege of
serving with Tim while he was stationed out here at Cannon (Air Force Base). He
was an outstanding young man who touched many people’s lives.

“You raised a fine young
man with great morals and work ethics. His Air Force family here at Cannon has
been deeply saddened by the news of his passing. All of our thoughts and
prayers are with you and your family.

“Tim will be dearly
missed by everyone who had the opportunity to meet this wonderful airman. May
God bless you and guide you all through this very difficult time.”