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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bereavement for Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken

With sympathy, the universe of US Navy Chiefs and our families extend our highest respect and support to all those who grieve the death of Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken, to his wife, family and colleagues. 

My husband is a Master Chief Petty Officer, USN-Ret., who salutes his brave comrade.  
Arlington National Cemetery insignia

The Navy Hymn

Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor, Who Served With SCPO Kylke Milliken in Iraq, Called Him ‘Brilliant, Witty & Fiercely Loyal’

Obituary of Falmouth native Kyle Milliken, graduate of the 1998 class of Cheverus High School and a Senior Chief Petty Officer with the United States Navy Seals.

Virginia Beach- Navy Speical Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kyle J. Milliken, 38, of Falmouth Maine, died May 5, 2017, from wounds he received while serving in East Africa, during combat operations. He was assigned to an East Coast based Naval Special Warfare unit.  

Kyle enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in July 2002. On December 12, 2002, he entered Basic Underwater Demolition/(Seal (BUD/S) Training in Coronado, California. After nine months of the most grueling and demanding training in the military, he graduated in September 2003. He served in East coast-based Naval Special Warfare units, throughout his career.

Kyle was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards and 10 deployments. His award include the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) for heroic actions in combat.

Additional awards include Bronze Star Medal with Falor (5), Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3). Combat Action Ribbon (3); Presidential Unit Citation (3); Good Conduct Medal (4); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (4); Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and numerous other personal and unit decorations.

Kyle was an amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend, whose passion for life was contagious. His sharp wit and magnetic personality made lasting impressions on everyone he met. Kyle was highly competitive in all aspects of his life. He displayed incredible talent as a dedicated warrior, yet he stayed grounded through his faith, his family and teammates. Kyle's captivating presence and colorful storytelling regularly had an entire room in hysterics. He was the cornerstone of his family, friends and team and will be profoundly missed. Kyle will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Obituary published in The Virginia Pilot May 14, 2017)

A member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6, Kyle was killed Friday May 5th, during a raid in Somalia on a building being used by the al-Shabaab terror group, the Department of Defense says.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken, 38, was based in Virginia Beach and is a native of Falmouth, Maine, the Pentagon said.

He was killed in a gun battle with al-Shabaab forces in the remote area of Shabeellaha Hoose, about 40 miles west of Mogadishu, during a Somali-led operation.

Milliken and other Special Operations Forces came under fire after escorting Somali troops to a raid on al-Shabaab’s radio station.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken and other special operations forces came under fire after escorting Somali troops to a raid on a building where al-Shabaab had been operating a radio station, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Two other American military members, including an interpreter, were wounded, the newspaper reports.

Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesperson said Milliken and the other troops had just delivered the Somali forces to the target area. The troops were “a distance back” from the compound, which Davis said had been “associated with some attacks on facilities that we use and that our Somali partners use nearby.”

SCPO Milliken was the first U.S. combat death in Somalia, since 1993, when 18 troops were lost after two Black Hawk helicopters crashed and fierce fighting ensued during a raid.

After graduating from Cheverus, High School, in Portland ME, Milliken studied at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 2001. He was also a member of the UConn Huskies track and field team, the Hartford Courant reports.

“Kyle was a glue kid, the kind of kid that didn’t just show up to practice every day, but made those around him better,” UConn track and field coach Greg Roy told the Courant. “His work ethic, perseverance and overall toughness was appreciated by everyone around him.

“Kyle was a great student as well, it really didn’t surprise me when he made the grade as a Navy Seal. The country has lost a great American and UConn has lost an alum who has made us proud. Our heart goes out to his wife and kids,” Roy said.

Milliken was studying at William & Mary, getting a master’s degree in business administration online, the university said in a press release.

“William & Mary has received the very sad news that one of our own, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, was killed in action during an operation May 5 in Somalia,” President Taylor Reveley said in a statement. “A Navy SEAL and 15-year decorated veteran, Kyle was in his second semester as part of our Mason School of Business. He served his country with great distinction. We extend our deep sympathies to Kyle’s family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said in a statement, “Today our hearts are heavy with the loss of U.S. Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken—a local hero who died yesterday in the line of duty. Those who knew Senior Chief Kyle Milliken remember him as an amazing athlete who could do flips on skis and run for miles…may we never forget his extraordinary bravery and incredible sacrifice.”

Maine Governor Paul LePage and Mrs. Ann LePage, said in a statement, “On behalf of all Mainers, to the family and loved ones of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, there are no words that may provide comfort during this difficult time, but know he is a man we are forever indebted (to) for his service, sacrifice and protection of the freedoms we hold dear.”

In their tribute, Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins issued a joint statement, “He defended our nation with bravery and with distinction, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. We hope that his family and loved ones are comforted in knowing that the people of Maine and our nation are eternally grateful for his selfless service.”

Arlington National Cemetery

FALMOUTH (WGME) -- A Navy SEAL from Falmouth, who died the line of duty, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

38-year-old Kyle Milliken died Friday in Somalia during a military operation against Al Shabab.

Milliken was a graduate of Cheverus High School, and went on to serve the country as a military member of SEAL Team Six.

According to the Falmouth Police Department, Milliken will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with countless other "home town heroes.”

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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