Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell

Special Agent Thomas A. Crowell

United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, November 1, 2007

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Thomas A. Crowell

Special Agent Thomas Crowell, Special David Wieger, and Special Agent Nathan Schuldheiss were killed when their vehicle was struck by an explosive device while on assignment near Balad Air Base in Iraq.

All three special agents were conducting federal law enforcement operations in the vicinity of the base when they were killed.

Special Agent Crowell had served in law enforcement for 15 years and had previously served as a Master Sergeant with the United State Air Force where he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope II, and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Award, and the Air Force Combat Action medal. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Explosives; Improvised device
  • Offender Not available

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Only 2 years prior, we were paired up on a mission to the middle east. In a twist of fate, I was back on that mission & not too far away when I learned of the attack on you & your detachment in real time. You were one of the best agents with whom I had the privilege to serve. I know you set the best example possible for the agents under your watch & care, just as it was no surprise you were taking the lead at that horrific moment of that ill-fated mission.

Your undying optimism and uncanny sense of humor is something I can only hope to achieve. With every effort, I hope to share your unique personality with everyone else so they may know a part of you through me.

I'm sure at this point you'd send me a pic of a bunny with a pancake on its head saying you "don't know what I'm talking about, but here's a bunny with a pancake on its head." Rest in peace, friend.

D. Plyler
AFOSI (Retired)

June 3, 2021

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