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Indiana Guard Reserve

Indiana Guard Reserve

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Major General Bruce Bowers

Major General Bruce Bowers“The men and women of the Indiana Guard Reserve are, in the main, Veterans who wish to continue to serve their state and nation. Serving without compensation, they preserve and share their military skills, through service in a lawfully organized element of the Military Department of Indiana.

This website explains in detail the requirements for service. Please accept my personal invitation to join us. It is my privilege and honor to serve with these dedicated patriots in the Indiana Guard Reserve.”

(Follow the link for information regarding former commanders of the Indiana Guard Reserve.)


MG Bowers entered Military Service in Oct. 1970, took basic training at Fort Knox, KY and Advance Individual Training at Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, AL, where he attend HAWK Missile and Launcher School. MG Bowers graduated 1st in the Class of 1971 and was then stationed a White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Because of a reduction in force he was released from active duty and completed his enlistment obligation in the Army Ready Reserves.

Bowers enlisted in the IGR in June, 1987 and served in several positions in Second Brigade, including:

  • Assistant S1, 3rd BN, Lebanon Armory
  • S1, HHC, 3rd BN, Lebanon Armory
  • S3, HHC, 3rd BN, Crawfordsville Armory
  • S1, HHC, 2nd BDE, Lafayette Armory
  • XO, HHC, 2nd BDE, Lafayette Armory
  • CO, 2nd BDE, Lafayette Armory

At HHD, Bowers first served in the G1 Section at at Stout Field. He has since served in several positions, including Adjutant General, Chief of Staff, and G4, Director of Logistics. In April of 2012, Bowers was promoted to Brigadier General to serve as Deputy Commander, Logistics and Administration, HHD at Tyndall Armory.

MG Bruce Bowers was appointed Commanding General of the Indiana Guard Reserve and promoted to Major General by MG R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of Indiana, in April 2015 during the Commanders Dine Out banquet.

MG Bowers has earned several awards and decorations, including the Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Indiana Distinguished Service Medal; Indiana Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Indiana Emergency Service Ribbon; Indiana Homeland Defense Ribbon; IGR Merit Medal; IGR Commendation Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster; IGR Achievement Ribbon with 6th Award Oak Leaf Clusters; IGR Outstanding Recruiter Ribbon; IGR Community Service Ribbon with two Oak Leaf Clusters; IGR Search and Rescue Ribbon; IGR C.E.R.T. Ribbon; IGR Emergency Management Specialist Ribbon; IGR Officer Professional Development Ribbon with "2" Device; IGR 25-Year Service Ribbon; IGR Long Service Ribbon with 4 torches.