United States Navy active-duty service member and barrel racer BrittanyLee Ryan was preparing her equine partner for the 2018 rodeo season when she received news that promptly halted her plans.

Days after the April 4 chemical attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, U.S. military forces were staged while awaiting orders to attack strategic targets.

Among those called to duty, was Ryan.

Ryan moved into position April 11 as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the sixth fleet area of operations. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the strike group is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, and is expected to also sail in the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf.

On April 14, three Syrian government facilities that were part of the chemical strike were attacked in a coordinated effort from the U.S., France and Brittan. According to the Naval Institute, 105 missiles were launched from ships and aircrafts in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Ryan has since posted on Facebook, according to WAR administrative officials.


Jason Hetland is a disabled veteran who served most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a professional rodeo announcer and operates the rodeo news site TheRodeoRoundup.com.

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