MOGADISHU, Somalia (WAVY) – The Navy SEAL killed in Somalia has been identified by the Department of Defense as Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken of Falmouth, Maine.
Milliken was killed and two others were wounded when they were attacked while on a mission on Thursday. He was assigned to a locally based Naval Special Warfare unit and was also a student at the Mason School of Business at William & Mary.
“He served his country with great distinction,” William and Mary President Taylor Reveley said in a statement. “We extend our deep sympathies to Kyle’s family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
A U.S. military official confirmed Milliken is the first U.S. service member killed in action in Somalia since 1993, when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 American soldiers were killed in the Battle for Mogadishu.
The U.S. troops were part of an ongoing U.S. military program to advise and assist Somali ground forces.
“Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs,” Rear Adm. Timothy Szymanski, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command said in a Saturday statement. “His sacrifice is a stark reminder that Naval Special Operators are forward doing their job, confronting terrorism overseas to prevent evil from reaching our shores.”
“Kyle was a great friend, family man, and teammate. He was brilliant, witty, and fiercely loyal. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him,” Representative Scott Taylor said in a Facebook post.
Representative Talyor told 10 On Your Side via Skype Monday from Washington that Milliken was “a consummate professional, amazing family man, amazing teammate, amazing friend. He quite frankly set an example for all of us. This tragedy should be a wake up call for a lot of folks to give more, to give more to their country. All the little things we debate over are just insignificant in the big scheme of things.”
Milliken leaves behind a wife and two young children, who have requested privacy at this time.