CMSgt Ricky Sowell Retires from ANG 189th Airlift Wing After 28 Years

Jan 26th, 2017 | By | Category: News and Features

130319-Z-WC197-003 rick sowellOn Jan. 8, 2017, after serving the Ark. National Guard for 28 years, CMSgt Ricky “Rick” Sowell retired from the 189th Airlift Wing. Presiding officer was Colonel Robert A. Ator, II. CMSgt Sowell was Command Chief Master Sergeant, 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock Air Force Base. As the command chief, he was responsible for the health, welfare, professional development, training, combat readiness and proper utilization of the approximately 800 enlisted personnel assigned to the wing. Chief Sowell was born in Little Rock and now lives in Beebe and is a graduate of Cabot High School and later an Arkansas Tech University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education in 1982. He enlisted in the Air National Guard in December of 1988 at the age of 31. He served with the 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron for over 18 years until he became the First Sergeant for the Logistic Readiness Squadron, then in 2007 became the Mission Support group First Sergeant. In April of 2013, Chief Sowell became the Command Chief for the 189th AW. He completed his Master of Music Degree with emphasis on instrumental conducting in 1999 from the University of Central Arkansas. Chief Sowell has completed 34 years of teaching band in Arkansas – 33 of those years in Beebe teaching Jr. High band and assisting in sr. high and has served 28 years with the Air National Guard. He has received many awards and decorations, including: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award – 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal – silver and bronze oak leaf and the National Defense Service Medal – bronze star. Rick and his wife, Sherry, have three adult children: Tiffany, Juli and Daniel.