Posthumous Advancement for Navy SEAL


Story Number: NNS170202-12Release Date: 2/2/2017 1:57:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Thursday that a SEAL killed in action last week will be posthumously advanced to senior chief petty officer.

Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 29, 2017, in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.

The Navy approved an exception to policy request for Owens' posthumous advancement, effective the day of his death.

Owens was eligible for the fiscal year 2018 active duty Senior Chief Petty Officer Selection Board, which will convene in April.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.

 
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170202-N-RT381-001 WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) A graphic created by the U.S. Navy to illustrate the posthumous promotion of Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens to senior chief petty officer. Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill., died Jan. 29, 2017 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, from wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida. (U.S. Navy graphic by Austin Rooney/Released)
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