Air Force major completes swim across English Channel

Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes
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Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen, dermatologist, 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio, swims in the ocean near Folkestone, England, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to prepare for his solo swim across the English Channel. Bowen swam the channel from England to France on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in 12 hours and 9 minutes. William Howard/Stars and Stripes

Air Force major completes swim across English Channel

by: William Howard | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 28, 2016

DOVER, England — Air Force Maj. Casey Bowen fulfilled his dream of swimming across the English Channel Monday, completing the 21-mile distance to France in 12 hours 9 minutes.

Bowen and his friend Maj. Simon Ritchie — both Air Force Academy graduates, both passionate about swimming and endurance athletics, and both assigned to the 59th Medical Operations Group in San Antonio — had been waiting five days since their arrival in England for their turn to surmount a challenge they had trained two years for.

Bowen succeeded, becoming one of 1,406 people to swim solo across the channel since 1875, according to the Channel Swimming Association.

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