SOCS (Special Warfare Operator)“SEAL” William “Ryan” Owens
Died January 29, 2017 Serving During U.S. Central Command operations
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL), Ryan Owens was born March 5, 1980 in Peoria, Illinois. He enlisted in the US Navy on 24 August 1998. Upon completion of boot camp and “A” school he reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence, Suitland, MD on March 19, 1999. While in Washington DC area, he met his future wife, Carryn. He then entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training in Coronado, CA. After 6 months of the most grueling and demanding training in the military, he graduated with BUD/S Class 239, and immediately proceeded to Advanced SEAL Qualification Training, graduating 1September2002.
Senior Chief Owens was then assigned to his first permanent duty station, SEAL Team ONE in San Diego, CA on 14 January 2003. In March, 2004, Ryan married his loving wife, Carryn at Ft. Myer in Arlington Va. The couple then resided in San Diego, while Owens was assigned to SEAL Team ONE. In January 2007, with his first baby on the way, he began a rigorous selection and training course with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). Nine months after beginning the selection process, Senior Chief Owens was selected to be a NSWDG Operator where he served as a Team Member, Troop Leading Petty Officer, and an Assault Team Leader for one of the commands 4 squadrons.
Senior Chief Owens was a highly decorated combat veteran (12 deployments), with numerous awards including the Bronze Star with Valor for heroic actions during combat operations against enemy forces. On January 29, 2017, while serving as an Assault Team Leader during a high risk operation targeting al-Qaida leadership, Senior Chief Owens led his team to the target building to engage the enemy. While maneuvering to target, his team came under heavy effective enemy fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Senior Chief Owens led from the front, moving forward to assault the target. He was engaged by the enemy at close range and was mortally wounded, but his bravery and unhesitant commitment in pursuit of the target were pivotal to protect his teammates and ensure mission success.
Having served 10 years of his career at the most elite command, Senior Chief Owens earned a great deal of awards to include the Silver Star Medal for his heroic actions during his 2015 deployment, Navy and Marine Corps Medal (lifesaving), Bronze Star medal with Valor (3); Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3); and numerous other personal and unit decorations.
Senior Chief Owens left behind his wife of 13 years, Carryn, and 3 beautiful children, Brooke 9 (2007), Luke 7 (2009) and Taryn 4 (2012). Beyond the battlefield, it was Ryan’s desire to be the very best father he could be to their 3 children. Not wanting to be away from home so much, and having achieved so much throughout his career, he was ready to retire at his 20year mark, in 1 year. He considered his children his greatest accomplishments and didn’t want to miss their sports and achievements anymore. The best was yet to come.
ONE VETERAN FAMILY AT A TIME, THE KIDS
Brooke is now 10 years old, currently in 5th grade. She excels at travel soccer, plays basketball in the winters and loves the beach! She is the secretary of her school’s student government, and she does the schools morning announcements. She has matured beyond her years and is the leader of the pack.
Luke is now 8 years old, currently in 3rd grade. He is incredibly athletic and plays almost every sport. Amongst his favorites are lacrosse, baseball, basketball and football, creating a juggling game to attend all matches. Luke is a spitting image of his father in every way, always smiling and all boy!
Taryn is now 5 years old, currently in kindergarten. She is a firecracker who steals everyones heart. She has begun soccer and already plays a year up in her league, as she has been trying to keep up with her older siblings for years!
Corporal Bryant J. “B.J.” Luxmore, 25, of New Windsor, Illinois, son of Brenda and Leonard Luxmore, husband of Jaimie Luxmore and father of Lane, was killed in Afghanistan on June 10, 2012.
Bryant was born on November 3, 1986 in New Windsor, Illinois, and was an avid athlete and student. He graduated from Sherrard High School in 2005, where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. Bryant then attended Monmouth College and graduated from Illinois College in 2009, where he continued his baseball career at the collegiate level.
Bryant entered the U.S. Army in April 2011 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He married Jaimie Lower on October 8, 2011 and the couple relocated to Fort Stewart, GA to begin their life together with their son, Lane. Bryant was deployed to Afghanistan just two months. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal, awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Survivors include his wife, Jaimie and son, Lane.
ONE VETERAN FAMILY AT A TIME, THE KIDS
Lane was 3 year old when B.J. was killed, and he just turned 9 on September 8th and is in 3rd grade. He LOVES baseball (just like his dad did!) and his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoys deer hunting, playing football, showing cattle in 4H, mutton busting at the rodeo, Nerf gun wars and playing with his dogs and cat.