Joseph D. Bowlds has been promoted to the rank of sergeant major in the U.S. Army.
Bowlds is a woodwind group leader assigned to The United States Army Field Band at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
The new sergeant major has served in the military for 16 years.
He is the son of Ruth Johnson of Lexington, Ky., and Marnell Bowlds of Cocoa, Fla.
His wife, Natasha, is the daughter of Phillip and Janice Westerman of Kent. Bowlds graduated in 1988 from Hastings Senior High in Nebraska and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
He also earned a Master of Arts in 1997 from Kent State University.