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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hometown News: Michael Boswell

Air Force Capt. Michael L. Boswell has been named the Outstanding Airman of the Year in the Company Grade Officer category for the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Mo.

Selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support.

He is a deployment and distribution flight commander assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, The captain has served in the military for seven years.

Boswell is eligible to represent the wing in the 8th Air Force competition. The nominees competing at this level are the best of the best in their category, lead by example, and help showcase the excellence emphasized by the 8th Air Force.

He is the grandson of Carmen Boswell and nephew of Robert Boswell, both of Montgomery.

The captain is a 1997 graduate of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery, and received a bachelor's degree in 2001 from Auburn University, Montgomery.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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