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Gunnery Sergeant Owens enters his fifth season with the Navy football team as the Assistant Director of Player Development. Owens assists midshipmen in the art of leadership and achieving excellence in their moral, mental and physical development. 

Owens is responsible for assisting student-athletes transition into the college environment while ensuring player development needs are addressed and met. Work includes serving as liaison between student-athletes and internal /external departments/agencies as it relates to player development; coordinating personal development initiatives; referring troubled athletes to appropriate departments for assistance; and identifying and monitoring at-risk student-athletes. 

The Greenville, S.C. native enlisted in the Marine Corps in November of 1998 attending boot camp aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.. Out of recruit training he was assigned as a Supply and Logistician Marine primarily preserving/handling hazardous and biochemical weapon materials supporting units Marine Corps wide from Camp Lejeune, N.C..

While stationed at Camp Lejeune, Owens was assigned more collateral duties as a Corporal’s Leadership Course Instructor. There he was the subject matter expert in areas such as Combat Conditioning, Close Order Drill, and Marine Corps History at the Leadership Academy. Here he also served as the Marine Corps Base Color Sergeant for multiple ceremonies for the Commanding General and Dignitaries around the world. These duties earned Owens the Camp Lejeune Marine of the Year award for his dedicated service to his Marines and Sailors.

In 2005, Owens returned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. to serve as a Drill Instructor. This is where he trained recruits in the fundamentals of service life and the development in the recruits of discipline, physical fitness, pride, and love of the Marine Corps and country just as his Drill Instructors did for him. He trained eight successful platoons of basically trained Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of Corps and country.

While on Drill Instructor duty, Owens was selected to join the staff at Drill Instructor School where he trained Marines to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge and physical condition of selected staff noncommissioned and noncommissioned officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor. He served as the Combat Conditioning Instructor teaching physical fitness and basic nutrition, and Marine Corps History along with Customs and Courtesies.

In 2010, Owens went to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. There he served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company. Company Gunnery Sergeants are responsible for enforcing rules and policies. Also ensured that the Marines in the company follow protocol and maintain military decorum. Owens was also appointed the Chief Instructor/Staff Non-Commissioned Officer for the Corporal’s Leadership Course teaching Combat Conditioning and Close Order Drill.

During this time, Owens did two combat deployments both with I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Higher Headquarters Advisor, Afghan National Army working for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan. NTM-A is a NATO command, where Owens was with military, civilian and police professionals from 19 nations, which teams with the Afghan Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior to develop the capabilities of the Afghanistan National Army and Police using a comprehensive approach. This approach coordinated the efforts of military, civilian, non-governmental and international organizations to build the capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces to enable a successful transition of security responsibility in Kabul and Camp Leatherneck.

Upon returning from deployment, he continued to perform his duties at Camp Pendleton as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for 1st Supply Battalion, Headquarters and Service Company until his arrival at the United States Naval Academy.

Owens has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management, Exercise Science track from California University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a dual concentrated Masters of Science in Performance Enhancement and Sports Psychology also from the University.

GySgt Owens’ personal decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), and the Good Conduct Medal.

GySgt Owens resides in Annapolis with his wife, Erin and daughter Elon.
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