Department of Defense Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations.

Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.

“Ryan was an exceptional SEAL – an experienced warrior and a highly respected teammate who served silently, nobly and bravely through several combat deployments. His family has sacrificed much for his service. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. His death reminds us all of the constant dangers of our profession, and the very real threats to our nation. For NSW, Ryan’s legacy strengthens our own resolve and commitment to this crucial fight. We hope his family can find comfort in the love and support of Family, Friends and Teammates,” said Rear Admiral Tim Szymanski, Commander Naval Special Warfare Command.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Owens was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.

For more information, contact U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs at 619-537-1351 or mark.walton@socom.mil

 

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