Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

Staff and wire reports

Flags are at half-staff around the state in honor of a former Cannon Air Force Base airman killed March 15 in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was killed when an improvised
explosive device destroyed his vehicle while he was on a four-vehicle
patrol checking a local school.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Calvary Chapel in Santa
Fe. He was buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery, according to KRQE of
Albuquerque.

Stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Bowles deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in November.

Gov. Bill Richardson ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday
and Tuesday “in honor and mourning of United States Air Force Staff
Sergeant Timothy Bowles. The thoughts and prayers of the people of New
Mexico go out to his family as well as a heartfelt appreciation for his
courageous service,” a press release said.

Bowles’ first assignment following technical school was at Cannon, where he served in the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron.