Colonel Brian S. Bowman is the Commander, 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. The wing, home to 8 KC-135 aircraft, is composed of three groups and 12 squadrons, and is strategically located on Western New York’s Canadian border between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.  In this role, Colonel Bowman is responsible for the overall success of the wing’s mission to recruit, train and equip Rapid Global Mobility forces for the Theater or Joint Force Commander.  The 914 ARW is host to approximately 3,000 assigned military, civil service and contract personnel.


Bowman began his military career enlisting in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as an A-7D aircraft aircrew life support technician.  Five years later, he was selected for pilot training and flew the A-7D Corsair II.  Upon the unit’s conversion to the KC-135E, he quickly became an Instructor and Evaluator.  In 1998, Colonel Bowman transferred to Sheppard Air Force Base where he was the first T-38 Flight Commander for the 97th Flying Training Squadron, then Wing Flight Safety Officer, and finally Chief of T-38 Training.  In October 2008, he arrived at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi to be the 43d Flying Training Squadron Director of Operations and three months later took command.  In April of 2011, he was promoted to Deputy Operations Group Commander and a year later transferred to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia to be the first Air Force Reserve Command, Force Generation Center, Liaison Officer to Air Combat Command.  In May of 2014, Bowman was assigned as the 340th Flying Training Group Commander, headquartered at JBSA Randolph AFB, Texas where he commanded over 800 personnel located at 7 Squadrons throughout the United States.   He assumed his current assignment position in February 2016.

Bowman is a command pilot with more than 3,800 hours of flight time in fighter, tanker, and trainer aircraft including combat missions in support of Operations Southern Watch, Deny Flight, and Uphold Democracy.

1988 Academy of Military Science, Knoxville ANG Base, TN
1989 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, TX
1995 Bachelor of Science, Robert Morris University, Coraopolis, PA
1998 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
2001 USAF Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, TX

2001 USAF Flight Safety Officer Investigation course, Kirtland AFB, NM
2009 Air War College (correspondence)
2009 USAF Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Tyndall AFB, FL

2010 USAFR Leadership Today and Tomorrow, Washington, DC

2011 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus

2015 Deputy Director of Mobility Forces course, Hurlbert AFB, FL

1. Mar 1983 - May 1988, Aircrew Life-Support Technician, Pennsylvania, ANG, PA
2. May 1988 - Jun 1989, Officer training and Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, TX
3. Jul 1989 - Oct 1989, Lead-in to Fighter Fundamentals, Holloman AFB, NM
4. Nov 1989 - May 1990, A-7 Fighter Training Unit, Tucson IAP, Arizona ANG, AZ
5. Jun 1990 - Oct 1991, A-7 D/K Fighter Pilot, 112 TFG, Pennsylvania, ANG, PA
6. Nov 1991 - Nov 1998, KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot (GS-13), 171 ARW, Pennsylvania, ANG, PA

7. Dec 1998 - Oct 2008, T-38 IP, Flight CC, Wing FSO, Chief T-38 Training, 97 FTS, Sheppard AFB, TX
8. Oct 2008 - Dec 2008, Director of Operations, 43 FTS, T-38 IP/Evaluator, Columbus AFB, MS
9. Jan 2009 - Apr 2011, Commander, 43 FTS, T-38 IP/Evaluator, Columbus AFB, MS
10. Apr 2011 - Jun 2012, 14 OG Deputy Commander, T-38 IP/Evaluator, Columbus AFB, MS
11. Jun 2012 - Apr 2014, AFRC/FGC Liaison Officer to ACC/A3O, Langley AFB, VA
12. May 2014 - Feb 2016, 340th Flying Training Group Commander, JBSA Randolph AFB, TX

13. Feb 2016 - May 17, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, NY

14. Jun 17 - Present, 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, NY

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 3,800
Aircraft flown: A-7 D/K, KC-135 A/E/R, T-38 A/C, C-130

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

AF Longevity Service with seven oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster

AF Training Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster

Second Lieutenant, May 19, 1988
First Lieutenant, Aug 31, 1990
Captain, Sep 11, 1992
Major, Jul 10, 1998
Lt Col, Jul 10, 2005
Colonel, Apr 1, 2013

(Current as of June 2017)