By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Northborough – Master Sergeant Timothy E. Bombard, formerly of Northborough, recently retired after a distinguished career serving in the U.S. Army. Joining Bombard and his wife Tammy at his retirement ceremony Feb. 19 at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina were his parents, Ed and Mary Ellen Bombard, of Northborough.
Bombard is a 1985 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1986 as a builder in the Seabees and was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, Gulfport, Miss. As a Seabee, he deployed to Guam, Italy and Panama, reaching the rank of Builder 2nd Class before entering the Naval Reserves in 1990. In 1991 he served six months in Saudi Arabia participating in Desert Shield and Desert Storm with Naval Reserve Cargo Handling Battalion 13.
He remained in the Naval Reserves and obtained an associate degree in criminal justice and was promoted to Builder 1st Class. He worked as a police officer in Pass Christian, Miss., until 1997 when he joined the U.S. Army as a specialist.
Bombard’s Army assignments included stints in Kentucky, Colorado, South Carolina, Germany and South Korea. While serving as Platoon and Operation Sergeant, 59th Military Police Company, Fort Carson, Colo., he was also deployed to Iraq.
He is the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster); Army Commendation Medal (5th oak leaf cluster); Army Achievement Medal (5th oak leaf cluster); Navy Achievement Medal (2nd award); Navy Unit Commendation Medal; Naval Battle Efficiency Ribbon (3rd award); Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award); Navy Good Conduct Medal; Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award); National Defense Service Medal (2nd award); Naval/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; South West Asia Service Medal (with service star); Iraq Campaign Medal (with campaign star); Global War on Terrorism Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award); Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd award); Saudi Arabia/Kuwait Liberation Medal; Combat Action Badge; Air Assault Badge; German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge; and German Shutzenschnur Badge (Gold). He is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy club, a nonprofit group that supports communities with fundraisers and charitable events.
In addition, he recently received the Military Police Regimental Association’s Order of the Marechausse, bronze level award, which recognizes exceptional dedication, competence, and contribution to the Military Police Corps Regiment over an extended period of time.
Bombard is married the former Tammy L. Benge of Arkansas. He has three adult stepsons: Michael, James and Christopher, who all reside in Colorado. He and his wife will reside in Massachusetts upon his retirement from the Army.