Boswell takes position at Pentagon
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Col. Gentry Boswell, 28th Bomb Wing vice commander, shakes hands with Airmen after completing his final B-1 bomber flight at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. July 2, 2014. Many of Boswell’s fellow Airmen joined in the celebration, thanking the colonel for his many years of service and leadership at Ellsworth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada / Released)
Col. Gentry Boswell, 28th Bomb Wing vice commander, shakes hands with Airmen after completing his final B-1 bomber flight at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. July 2, 2014. Many of Boswell’s fellow Airmen joined in the celebration, thanking the colonel for his many years of service and leadership at Ellsworth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada / Released)
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Col. Gentry Boswell completed his final flight with the B-1 bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. on July 2, 2014.

Family and friends gathered and thanked Boswell, the son of Mickey and Cookie Boswell of Cleveland, for his service and leadership at Ellsworth as the vice commander of the 28th Bomb Wing.

The Bayou Academy and Delta State graduate left Ellsworth to become the director of Irregular Warfare Operations at the Pentagon this month.

At Ellsworth, Boswell served as the second in command of the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, with 28 aircraft and more than 4,300 military and civilian members.

The wing is also home to the 432nd Attack Squadron, which controls the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.

Boswell received his commission in 1991 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Delta State University.

His assignments encompass operational tours in the B-1B, RC-135, and E-6B, as well as joint operational and staff duty.

He has served as an instructor and evaluator in all three weapons systems.

Boswell is an Air War College graduate, where he was awarded the Homeland Security and Defense Award of his published research on DoD support to U.S. border defense.

He is a Distinguished Graduate of Air Command and Staff College and also won the Warrior Scholar Award.

Boswell is also a recipient of the Mike Gilroy Award as the top graduate of the Joint Electronic Warfare School, as well as a distinguished graduate of B-1B Flight Instructor Course, B-1B Initial Qualification Course, and Combat Crew Training School at Castle AFT, California.

Boswell is a B-1 weapon systems officer with more than 4,500 hours in the B-1B, RC-135 and E-6B, including approximately 500 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and the Horn of Africa.

During his career Boswell has received numerous awards and decorations. Some of those are: Aerial Achievement Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal and Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with Two Oak Leaf Clusters.

As a master navigator, Colonel Boswell has 4,500 flight hours and 500 combat hours with aircraft: B-1B, RC-135, and E-6B.

Promotions have marked Boswell’s career. He was promoted to second lieutenant on May 11, 1991; first lieutenant on Oct. 23, 1993; captain on Oct. 23, 1995; major on Aug. 1, 2002; lieutenant colonel on Dec. 1, 2006; and colonel on Aug. 1, 2011.