Command Sergeant Major Mark W. Bowman is the Land
Component Command Sergeant Major for the Illinois Army National Guard.
He leads the noncommissioned officer corps and is responsible for all
areas influencing enlisted members including training, discipline,
morale and well-being.
CSM Bowman enlisted in the Army in October 1979 as a
tank driver. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CSM
Bowman deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
in 2004 to 2005 and again with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team as
part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VIII in 2008 to 2009. CSM
Bowman served as both CJTF Phoenix VIII command sergeant major and the
33rd IBCT command sergeant major.
CSM Bowman has held various positions throughout his
career including tank commander, Troop K, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored
Calvary Regiment in Germany; senior drill sergeant, Company C, 3rd
Squadron, 337th Armor Regiment, 85th Division; platoon sergeant and
first sergeant, Battery C, 2-202nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA); command
sergeant major, 2-202nd ADA; command sergeant major, Task Force Eagle in
Bagram, Afghanistan; command sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 178th
Infantry Regiment; command sergeant major, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat
Team; and most recently the Illinois National Guard's land forces
component senior enlisted adviser.
CSM Bowman's military awards and decorations include
the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award); Army Commendation
Medal (4th Award); Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Army
Reserve Component Achievement Medal (5th Award); National Defense
Service Medal (2nd Award); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd Star); Global
War on Terror Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M"
device, Silver Hourglass and Numeral 2); NCO Professional Development
Ribbon (Numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon
(Numeral 3); Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon; NATO Medal
(ISAF); Combat Infantry Badge; Combat Action Badge; Drivers Badge-Wheel;
Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; French Army Military Defense Medal
(Silver); German Army Marksmanship Badge (Bronze); Joint Meritorious
Unit Award; and Army Superior Unit Award.
CSM Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts from North
Central College in Naperville, Illinois and a Masters of Arts from
Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois.
As of March 2014
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