Without making a public announcement, President Trump flew to Dover Air Force base for the arrival of the remains of Chief Special Warfare Operator Willam “Ryan” Owens, 36, a member of Seal Team 6, who was killed on Sunday in a raid on Al Qaeda forces in Yemen. NBC News reported,
“Owens was killed in a firefight during an intelligence gathering raid that left three more SEALs wounded . . . (Owens) enlisted in the Navy in 1998 and earned numerous awards and decorations, including two bronze stars with a combat “V” for valor and heroic service.”
Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, was the first known U.S. combat casualty since Trump took office less than two weeks ago. More than half a dozen militant suspects were also killed in the raid on an al-Qaida compound and three other U.S. service members were wounded.
Pres. Trump and Ivanka Trump board Marine One for trip to Dover Air Force Base for arrival of remains of Navy SEAL killed in raid in Yemen. pic.twitter.com/sO5UiEwSTL
— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2017
The Washington Times reported:
Six other U.S. special operations members were injured during the mission executed early Sunday morning reportedly seeking to capture computers and other intelligence at the compound. CPO Owens is believed to be the first U.S. military fatality since President Trump took office Jan. 20.Three U.S. commandos were shot in an unexpected firefight at the site, and three more were wounded in the “hard landing” of a Marine Corps MV-22 helicopter that had to be destroyed at the site.
When Trump got word of the results of the mission, he issued a statement, saying, “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.”