NEOSHO, MO, USA
U.S. Air Force
MSGT, DETACHMENT 301, 3RD FIELD INVESTIGATIONS REGION, SCOTT AFB, IL
ORION, IRAQ 11/01/2007
Master Sergeant Thomas Crowell spoke quietly and not very often. When he spoke, others listened. These special qualities made him good at what he did. MSGT Crowell was a special agent in the United States Air Force. His criminal investigation and counter intelligence services skills were well respected by those who worked with him to conduct law enforcement operations.
An O’Fallen, Illinois resident, Thomas was originally from Neosho, Missouri. He was thirty-six years old and was assigned to Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 301, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Thomas had served for eighteen years with the Air Force and had seen his share of difficult and challenging special investigation cases. Thomas died on November 2, 2007 near Balad Iar Base, Iraq of wounds suffered when in improvised explosive device stuck the MWRAP. Two other Airman under MSG Crowell’s supervision were also killed during their support in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Master Sergeant Crowell joined the Air Force after graduating from Neosho High School in 1989. He leaves his wife and two children in O’Fallon, Illinois near where he had been assigned. After his active duty service was over, Thomas Crowell was considering corporate civilian work in the security field.