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Honors for COL Miki Bowers

April 12, 2014

The 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery will host an Armory Memorialization Ceremony to officially rename the Battalion’s Wahiawa Armory as the “COL Francis A. I. “Miki” Bowers Armory”. The renaming honors Colonel Bowers’ service and accomplishments throughout his 31-year career as a Citizen-Soldier and member of the “Hiki No” Battalion. It will be a fitting tribute to an exemplarily Hawaiian Citizen/Soldier and a great way to emphasize the link between our current Hiki No Soldiers and past outstanding local Hawai‘i Army National Guard Citizen/Soldiers.

When: May 4, 2014
Time: 1000
Where: 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Armory
RSVP by April 30, 2014
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Scheduled to attend are Bowers’ family members, retired generals Dennis Kamimura and Clarence “Mert” Agena, and all the former 1-487 FA commanders and command sergeant majors.

Colonel Francis Andrew Imaikalani “Miki” Bowers, Jr.

In November 1965, Colonel Francis A.I. “Miki” Bowers, Jr. became the first commander of the 1st  Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, 29th Brigade. He remained the commander for over three years.

In 1968, Colonel Bowers and the 1-487 FA received activation orders and deployed to Vietnam as part of the 29th Brigade mobilization. After serving more than a year in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star (with V device), the Legion of Merit and nine Air Medals.

Colonel Bowers retired from the Hawai‘i Army National Guard on July 7, 1979. He had the distinction of serving as the commander of three different Hawaii Army National Guard battalions during his career. He commanded the 2nd Mission Battalion, 298th Artillery, the 227th Engineer Battalion, and the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment.

Colonel Bowers had served in both a traditional role as an officer in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and as an enlisted Soldier on Active Duty for a total of 31 years, 7 months, and 1 day.

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Colonel Bowers was a true Citizen-Solider. His civilian career has life achievements that parallel his military career.  A Star-Advertiser article by Michael Tsai detailed Miki Bowers’ civilian life and his many accomplishments. He was a true Renaissance man.

Read the article

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