It’s a sad thing when the reason you become well known is because of the bad news you had to receive. That’s what happened to Carryn Owens. She became prominent as the wife of late Senior Chief William Ryan Owens. Ryan, as he was called by his Navy Seal 6 crew, was killed in Yemen during a raid. The 36-year-old Navy SEAL from Peoria, Illinois died as a result of wounds sustained during a vicious firefight with al-Qaeda operatives as the team breached a fortified compound. President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, made a surprise trip to the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet the remains of Owens, the first known U.S. combat casualty since Trump took office.
All About Carryn Owens – Ryan Owens’ Wife
Invitation to the President’s First Address
Carryn Owens had been invited to watch President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress from the First Lady’s box, next to the president’s daughter, Ivanka. Near the end of his high-profile speech to Congress, Trump paused to pay tribute to Owens’s widow, Carryn Owens. Trump affirmed that Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that would lead to many more victories in the future against America’s enemies.
President Trump said his deepest thoughts and humblest prayers were with the family of the fallen service member. She looked up and appeared to whisper “I love you” to her fallen husband before breaking into uncontrollable tears. Carryn Owens and her three children also visited the White House for a private meeting with the president, though her children did not attend Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress.
Carryn Owens attended Trump’s speech but her father-in-law, William, an officer who worked at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department told the Miami Herald he had declined to meet with the president. William Owens said the government owed his son an investigation and questioned the need for the raid.
Who Was Carryn Owen’s Husband?
Ryan Owens was born on the 5th of March, 1980 in Peoria, Illinois. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Chillicothe, Illinois. He was a decorated United States Navy SEAL senior chief petty officer. Both his parents served with the police. While his mother worked as a detective, his father, Bill Owens, was employed as a uniformed policeman.
Barely a few months after his high school graduation, Ryan Owens enlisted to join the US Navy, precisely on the 24th of August, 1998, serving in Suitland, Maryland at the Office of Naval Intelligence. After four years with the Navy, Ryan attended training for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) in class 239, following which he became part of the US Navy SEAL.
He was on five tours of duty during the course of his career as a Navy SEAL. He became a chief petty officer in 2009, and he was promoted to a senior chief petty officer a week after his death. Ryan Owens was also the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and three Presidential Unit Citations.
How Did Carryn Owen’s Husband, Ryan Owens, Die?
During the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency, preparations for the raid on the al-Qaeda compound in Yakla were underway. Among the issues, the administration was looking at, was the use of American combat troops on the ground in Yemen. As Obama and his national security team were debating whether it was worth it to risk American lives, the former president decided to hold off on any military escalation, leaving the decision up to President Trump. The new president personally approved the raid on the location which was believed to contain information on terrorist activity. The secret mission whose unacknowledged objective was to kill or capture al-Qaeda fighters or leaders was plagued with problems.
An MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, worth $70 million carrying the SEALs malfunctioned, crashed, and wounded three of them. The crash alerted the militants and the SEALs took fire from all sides and called in air support. Nine children were among 25 civilians killed, as well as 14 al-Qaeda militants. Owens died as a result of the fatal wounds he sustained during the raid. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The political fallout of his death was especially gruesome. The White House had to vehemently defend the decision to send the SEALs into Yemen, saying the team accomplished the mission at hand. However, the Pentagon also conducted a three-pronged investigation into the operation focused on the loss of Ryan Owens’ life, civilian casualties, and the destruction of military equipment.