Fort Riley Soldier Dies in Texas

Sgt. 1st Class Collin J. Bowen, 38, died March 14 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device back on January 2 in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

Bowen was an infantryman serving on a military transition team assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Millersville, Md.

He entered the Army in July 1993 and deployed on the 1st Inf. Div. transition team in November 2006.

To date, 145 Fort Riley Soldiers and Airmen have been killed while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.

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