Hometown News: Marcy Owens
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the people of Iraq.
Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.
Owens, an ammunition specialist with three years of military service, is normally assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Division, 80th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
She is the daughter of Lori Loch of Manor Road, Schnecksville, Pa., and John Burkos of Ruppsville Road, Trexlertown, Pa.
Robert Gross, her grandfather, resides on Doe Run Court, Schnecksville.
Her husband, Allan, is the son of Barbara Owens of Dark Corners Road, Tallassee.
The specialist is a 2004 graduate of Parkland High School, Allentown, Pa.