May 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Defense identified the Navy SEAL who was killed in an operation in Somalia earlier this week as Kyle Milliken of Falmouth, Maine.
Milliken, a senior chief special warfare operator, was killed Thursday during an operation against the al-Shabaab militant group on Friday in a remote area of Somalia, about 40 miles west of Mogadishu. Milliken, 38, was working in support of a Somali National Army-led operation with U.S. Africa Command, the Department of Defense said. He was the first American to die in combat in Somalia since 1993.
“Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs. We grieve his death, but we celebrate his life and many accomplishments. He is irreplaceable as a husband, father, son, friend and teammate – and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and teammates,” said Rear Admiral Timothy Szymanski, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. “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.”