- 37 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 16, 1973
- Date of passing: Aug 2, 2011
|Let the memory of SSGT. Kirk be with us forever|
He is survived by his wife Tiffany and daughters, Kylie and Kayci of the home.
The Department of Defense announced yesterday Staff Sgt. Kirk Avery Owen, 37, of Sapulpa, Okla., a scout with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, was killed Tuesday, Aug. 2, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Lajah District of Paktia Province. Owen was leading his men on a mission of mine sweeping. He was in the front passenger seat of a Route Control Package sweeper unit when his unit ran over an IED. The bomb exploded, fatally wounding him. Owen’s family and friends said they will miss his loving presence, strong faith, as well as his incredible sense of duty and honor. Owen believed that his position in the military was a God-given calling on his life, and those of us who know him are honored today to be associated with one of the heroes who have put himself in harm's way to insure the ?ght does not come here. Owen was a full-time employee with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He previously deployed to Iraq in 2007. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Owen’s family and friends,” said Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “He was an outstanding non-commissioned officer, dedicated to loyally serving his Country and fellow Soldiers. His loss is being felt across the State and he will be greatly missed.” Four Soldiers were injured in the incident. The families of all soldiers involved have been notified by military officials. Two other Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers were killed on July 29 in Janak Kheyl, Afghanistan. 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy, 33, of Edmond, and Spc. Augustus J. Vicari, 22, of Broken Arrow, died while conducting a dismounted patrol. “This is a very difficult time for the Oklahoma National Guard, but we must persevere.” said Deering. “We have lost three very brave men in a short timeframe.” The 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry, which is currently made up of more than 800 Soldiers, deployed to Afghanistan in June as part of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Son of Jim and Karen Owen, brother of Keith, husband of Tiffany and
father to Kylie and Kayci. Graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1991.
Enjoyed automotive restoration, fishing, playing his guitar and
baseball, teaching Adult Bible study classes, and coaching girls
softball and basketball. Always strived to be the best! Kirk joined
the Oklahoma Army National Guard at the age of 31 and was AGR for most
of his career. At the time of his death he was a Squad Leader for the
All Medals Received
Oklahoma National Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal -Awarded 2 times
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal - Awarded 2 times
National Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal with M Device
Army Good Conduct Medal
All Awards Received
Combat Infantry Badge
Hero of the Battlefield 45th IBCT– Joint Readiness Training Center
Unsung Hero Award - Army Reconnaissance Leader Course
Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon - Awarded 2 times
Army Service Ribbon
Air Assault Badge
Over Seas Service Ribbon
Distinguished Honor Graduate - Chaplains Assistant AIT
Outstanding Soldier Leader of the Cycle – Basic Combat Training
"On this 5th sorrowful anniversary let me remind you from another army wife (mine retired after 27 years in 93) that our gratitude never expires and our support for you & your family is never ending. If there is ever anything you need please contact the nearest veterans organization oe disabled veterans organizations. Both are well informed on how to get you any thing you need & there is much more than you think. Your husband more than earned these benefits ....not charity. God bless & keep you & your family safe."
"Sorry for the loss of this young man, father and husbandand son"
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