Timothy D. Bowman is a retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer and a retired United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer with 42 years of leadership and management experience in the military and public sectors. He is currently the author of The Leadership Letter, a weekly commentary published on LinkedIn on the realities of the challenges in leadership, and is a consulting expert with OnFrontiers, providing consultation on programs to improve government services.
In the U.S. Army, he started as a soldier after high school, rising to noncommissioned offer ranks by the age of 20, and leading small units and missions in the infantry and meteorological research and development. He joined Military Intelligence and served as Special Agent in Charge of MI field offices in Korea, Hawaii, and North Carolina, receiving appointment and commission as a Warrant Officer in 1991. He was the Senior Counterintelligence Agent for the staff of the 25th Infantry Division, and for the U.S. Forces supporting the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He also led field intelligence collection teams in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Joining the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1997 as an Intelligence Research Specialist, he expanded the mission from information collection and reporting to investigation of immigration fraud, pioneering the use of systems and methods, and quickly developing a global reputation among the INS, U.S. State Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As the agency transitioned to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the new Department of Homeland Security, he was a principal architect of the founding and establishment of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate, writing much of the early doctrine and policy, and developing procedural methods for investigation and reporting, also writing and presenting the training programs therefore. He was also a member of the team that developed the centralized system for recording and reporting fraud and national security information. He culminated his career as the Assistant Regional Director for the Western Regional Office, overseeing the program for the districts and field offices, personally visiting many offices to gain perspective and advise and counsel field leaders. He continued to serve the national program as a project leader and advisor on the development and advancement of systems and policies and procedures.
During both careers, he voluntarily served as an instructor, mentor, and coach on leadership. As he advanced through the military and civil service ranks, he trained new leaders in the craft of leadership, always with the goal of advancing their careers. Working in careers that required information reporting and analysis, he emphasized writing excellence, improving the skills of hundreds, and seeing them teach these skills to others. He was a mentor in the USCIS Mentoring Program, and also provided countless hours of guidance to others on resume writing, interviewing, leadership, and public service.
He was active in his church and community, serving as a member of a homeowner association board and a leader in the local Knights of Columbus council.