The Department of Defense announced today the loss of US Navy Sailor and Falmouth native, Kyle Milliken, who was killed during a Somali National Army-led operation with the US Africa Command. In response, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), released the following statement:
“Today our hearts are heavy with he loss of US 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 skiis and run for miles. He graduated from Cheverus High School as one of their top track stars. After his college graduation, he felt the call to serve and enlisted as a US Navy Seal. For many years, he operated with the elite Seal Team 6. We will forever be grateful for Senior Chief Kyle Milliken’s self-less service to our nation and his commitment to a cause bigger than himself. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Milliken family and those who know Senior Chief Milliken from his early days in Falmouth. May we never forget his extraordinary bravery and incredible sacrifice.”
He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned four Bronze Stars among other medals.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operation Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, was killed during an operation against al-Shabab on May 5 near Barli, Somalia; approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu. He was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.