Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael G Owen

Phoenix, Arizona

October 15, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army Sgt

Army's 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) 

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Died in Karabilah, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.
Originally from Phoenix, Ariz., Owen served as the team leader of a three-man tactical PSYOP team. His unit deployed in September 2004 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Prior to OIF, Owen deployed to Haiti in March 2004 in support of a U.S.-led, U.N.-authorized Multinational Interim Force.

He joined the Army in November 1992 and completed the Psychological Operations Specialist Course at Fort Bragg, N.C in 2002. He had previously served as an automated logistical specialist before retraining as a PSYOP specialist at Fort Bragg.

Owen completed the French Special Operations Language Training Course in January 2004.

His previous assignments include: the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; 82nd Engineer Battalion, Warner Barracks, Germany; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

His awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Senior Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal, and his parents, Howard Owen and Kay Hutchinson of Arizona.

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