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Virginia Beach - Navy Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kyle J. Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, died May 5, 2017 in East Africa of wounds sustained 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, CA. 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 awards include the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) for heroic actions in combat.
Additional awards include Bronze Star Medal with Valor (5); Purple Heart Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Crops Achievement 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, 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 is survived by his wife, two children, father, mother, brother, and countless other family, friends and teammates.
The Milliken Family would like to extend their gratitude to the community for their support and prayers.
The Kyle Milliken "The Only Easy Day" 5K/10K honors the life and sacrifice of Navy Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kyle J. Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, died May 5, 2017 in East Africa of wounds sustained during combat operations.
This event is a fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation, whose Mission provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. The Navy SEAL Foundation will receive all proceeds collected for this event.
The first 150 registrants are guaranteed event shirts.
This event is proud to be a part of the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge!
The Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge serves as a collaborative effort to raise awareness of events that continue the legacies of our Nation's Gold Star Families, Military Active Duty, Veterans, and First Responder Heroes.
Our mission is simple: Inspired by Heroes and Connecting Communities.
The goal is to connect civilians with those who have served, and introducing events, stories, and legacies they may never have known. The Service and Sacrifice Series motto is: Remember, Honor, and Inspire.
HONORING HEROES FOUNDATION
In 2020, the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge will be managed by the Honoring Heroes Foundation. The Honoring Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission aligns with that of the Challenge. The major project of the Foundation is the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial, which will be dedicated from the People of the State of Maine, to the Gold Star Families of Maine and our Nation.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE
Being a part of the 2020 Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge remains simple and can be done anywhere Worldwide! We’ve added new events to our calendar, including three Virtual Events, that represent 16 total events over 9 months. Eligibility for the Challenge requires participants to register for 10 total events, participate in person or virtually, and earn cool Challenge swag at the end! For more information, please visit our Website or find us on Facebook!
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