Arizona soldier killed in Iraq
PHOENIX — A
soldier from Phoenix has become the latest service member Arizona ties to
be killed in Iraq.
Sgt. Michael G.
Owen, 31, died last week in a car-bomb explosion in a town near the Syrian
border, the Pentagon said Monday.
Owen was killed
Friday along with another psychological operations soldiers from Fort
Bragg, N.C. — Spc. Jonathan J. Santos, 22, of Bellingham, Wash.
Their vehicle was
attacked “while conducting vehicle-mounted loudspeaker operations with
the 1st Marine Division,” according to a statement from the Army Special
Operations Command at Fort Bragg.
Owen was the leader
and Santos was a member of a three-man team. The third member was wounded
in the attack, the special operations command said.
Owen and Santos were
sent to Haiti last March in support of a U.S.-led interim force deployed
to calm the violence that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide. Both soldiers were deployed to Iraq in September.
Owen joined the Army
in 1992 and completed the psychological operations specialist course at
Fort Bragg in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Crystal, of Fayetteville,
and his parents, Howard Owen and Kay Hutchinson of Arizona.
Family members said
Owen had a passion for law enforcement and was living out his dreams in
the Army, where he found camaraderie with other soldiers and received a
“He took pride in
everything he did and he loved his job. He got where he wanted to be
because he worked hard at it,” said Glenn Owen, Michael’s father.
During his tenure in
the Army, Michael Owen served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti before he
was sent to Iraq six weeks ago.
Owen spoke four
languages, including French and Bosnian, and met his wife of three years
at Fort Bragg.
“He was quiet, he
was reserved, he was modest and he was humble. He was always so respectful
of anyone he came in contact with, never boasted about what he was
doing,” Gary Owen said of his nephew. “We could all take lessons from
Family and friends
will spread Michael Owen’s ashes on the peak of Lookout Mountain in
north Phoenix, a wish he expressed to his wife before heading to Iraq.