Date Assigned: 01 January 2019
Branch/MOS: Field Artillery
Military Education: Field Artillery Captains Career Course, Company Level Pre-Command Course, Activity Managers and Budget Analysts Course, Fiscal Law, Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course, Air Assault Course, Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Advanced Individual Training and Basic Combat Training Course.
Civilian Education: Baccalaureate Degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and an Associates in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
Awards and Decorations: CPT Sowder’s awards include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army National Guard Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Medal, Ohio National Guard Faithful Service Ribbon (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Ohio National Guard Award of Merit, and Ohio National Guard Recruiters Achievement Medal.
Key Assignments: CPT Sowder is a current member of the Ohio Army National Guard. His most recent assignment was Commander of Alpha Battery, 1-134th Field Artillery Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team where he commanded for 18 months. Prior to command, he was the Operations Officer and Battalion Fire Direction Officer for the 1-134th Field Artillery Regiment and Battalion Effects Coordinator for the 1-148th Infantry Regiment. As a Lieutenant, he served as a Platoon Leader and Fire Direction Officer for Bravo Battery, 1-134th Field Artillery Regiment. He was also assigned as an Aide-de-Camp to BG McHenry, 38th Infantry Division Deputy Commander of Logistics.
CPT Sowder’s full-time positions within the Ohio Army National Guard include: G1 Budget Officer, G1 Mobilization, Plans and Operations Officer and 1-134th Field Artillery Regiment Training Officer.
Personal: CPT Sowder is married to Shannon and has two children, Adelynn (4) and Hudson (2).