Todd A. Sowerby

Chief Warrant Officer 4

10th Group Special Forces

U.S. Army Retired

 

Todd grew up in Kansas & Missouri and served in the U.S. Army, culminating almost 31 years of service to the nation while serving in the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Armored Division, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), and the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

 

In 2003, under Task Force Viking in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Todd’s A-Team conducted linkup with the Kurdish Peshmerga and secured the "Green Line" during the Battle of Debecka Ridge destroying an Iraqi Mechanized Company. Days after the battle, Chief Warrant Officer Sowerby assumed Command of SFODA###, advising a 600-man Kurdish Battalion on combined combat ops in order to prevent effective Iraqi counter-operations against coalition forces. His Team secured numerous weapons & ammunition from being captured by Ansaral-Islam insurgents. Todd was recognized by the White House Military Office for leading vulnerability assessments from an adversarial perspective emulating terrorist threats in the protection of key members & facilities of the U.S. Government.  Additionally, Todd was the first USASOC Soldier to safely Military Free Fall (MFF) Jumpmaster the CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, and the first U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Officer to be presented both the USAF Accommodation & Achievement Medals for Leadership & Excellence.

 

In 2011, after accumulating 557 parachute jumps, Todd was injured in a nighttime training MFF parachute landing. After 8-hours, surgeons were able to save his arm from amputation. Todd was then taken off jump status and placed on the Special Forces Tactical Operations Planning Staff until his retirement in 2012.  Todd is a disabled veteran under the USSOCOM Veterans Care Coalition.  

 

Todd now resides in Missouri where he runs a small cattle farm with his wife, Julie, who is also an Army Veteran.  He currently works as the Director of the Henry County, MO Office of Emergency Management. Todd attended the Battle Dawgs (BD) Summer Camp where he learned to fly-fish, and also served as a BD Winter Camp Mentor during Iditarod Race 2018. He recently accepted a position on BD's Board of Directors. Developing the best trained Warriors to go in harm’s way and win remained his steadfast priority throughout his career.  Now he is committed to assisting other veterans and their families to also be successful in their endeavors.

 

 

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: 

  • Cavalry Scout Sergeant

  • Special Forces (SF) Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) Weapons Sergeant

  • Senior Drill Sergeant

  • SF Sniper Team Leader

  • SF Intelligence Sergeant

  • SF ODA Team Sergeant

  • SF ODA Detachment Commander

  • Company B-Team Operations Warrant Officer

  • VULCAN JTAC Detachment Commander

  • Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) Ground Liaison Officer to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

 

DIRECTLY SUPPORTED FOLLOWING OPERATIONS:   

  • Joint Personnel Combat Search & Rescue Missions during Operation DESERT STORM in Northern Iraq

  • Company Executive Officer during Operation JOINT GUARD for the SOC

  • Control Element in Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Led Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) of American citizens from civil war in Brazzaville, Congo

  • Commander of a 20-man Counter-Sniper Element providing security for POTUS & 23   European Heads of State during the Stability Pact Leaders Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia

  • Led SFODA-0214 in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN as Team Leader & Liaison to the Russian Spetsnaz 13th Tactical Group in war torn Kosovo