One of the tougher duties as commander in chief, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip Wednesday to honor the deceased U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
|Chief Special Warefare Operator William "Ryan" Owens|
Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens was a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, is the first known U.S. combat casualty since Trump took office. An 8-year-old American girl was listed of the 30 others killed in the secret operation on an al-Qaida compound, and three other U.S. service members were wounded.
Trump went to Delaware's Dover Air Base in total media blackout. The president and his daughter, Ivanka, took off from the White House in the presidential helicopter with their destination unannounced. A very small group of journalists traveled with President Trump on the condition that nature of the trip would not be announced into he arrived.
The President's Helicopter, Marine One landed at Dover shortly before the plane carrying Owens' body arrived. The president was expected to meet with Owens' family, which requested that the visit and the dignified transfer of the Navy SEAL's remains be private.
William Owens joined the Navy in 1998 and was the recipient of two Bronze stars, a Joint Service Commendation and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, among other honors.