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A Face of Team Dover: Vol. 2, No. 1

Rich Bowman, 436th Airlift Wing Inspector General, deputy inspector general, director of inspections, poses for a photo during a major accident response exercise Aug. 1, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bowman was randomly selected for The Airlifter's feature "A face of Team Dover: Vol. 2, No. 1." (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Rich Bowman, 436th Airlift Wing Inspector General, deputy inspector general, director of inspections, poses for a photo during a major accident response exercise Aug. 1, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bowman was randomly selected for The Airlifter's feature "A face of Team Dover: Vol. 2, No. 1." (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Highlighting the numerous Airmen that serve at Dover Air Force Base, "A Face of Team Dover" will introduce you to the individuals that make Team Dover "Deliver Excellence."

Rank and Name:  Rich Bowman

Unit: 436 A/W Inspector General Office

Duty Title:  Deputy Inspector General, Director of Inspections

Time in the Air Force:  24 Years Active Duty, 8 years Civil Service

Time at Dover AFB:  20 years

Hometown:  Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

"The military was a big part of my childhood.  My father served in the Army during WWII, a brother served in the Army, and another brother served in the U.S. Marine Corps, so serving our country was something our father instilled in us.

Initially I wanted to serve one enlistment, get out and become a Pennsylvania State Trooper. While serving, I decided to stay and every time my enlistment was up, I found a reason to re-enlist and after twelve years of service, my wife and I decided to make it a career.

There are so many memories from the last 32 years of my service to the Air Force; however, I would have to say that my supervisors, subordinates and peers giving me the opportunity to serve with some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals is my greatest memory.

I love my current job in the Inspector General's Office.  Most people relate the IG with negativity or a place someone would go as a last resort to help resolve an issue in their lives.

The IG has changed from just a complaint resolutions office to an integral part of the Commanders Inspection Program (CCIP).

My job is to ensure the IG office completes a thorough and complete inspection of each unit to ensure compliance with Air Force Instructions and standards and develop, create and execute all wing exercises."