Milliken, 38, was killed Thursday in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of the capital Mogadishu as U.S. forces were conducting an advise-and-assist mission with members of the Somali National Army. The group came under attack in the middle of the night.
He was a senior chief special warfare operator from Falmouth, Maine, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defence.
“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,” Rear Admiral Timothy Szymanski, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement Saturday. “He is irreplaceable as a husband, father, son, friend and teammate – and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and teammates. 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.”
By Luis Martinez & Elizabeth McLaughlin.
For ABC News.
* May his soul Rest In Peace, Amen.