Honoring Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle J. Milliken
The No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will carry the name of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Miliken this weekend during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. SOCS Milliken was killed in action in East Africa in May of 2107. On behalf of Daniel Hemric and everyone at Richard Childress Racing, we're honored to carry SOCS Milliken's name this weekend and thank him for his service and ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle J. Milliken
Killed in Action: May 5, 2017 in East Africa
Based out of Naval Air Station Oceana
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
Kyle was the first American military member killed in Somalia since the “Blackhawk Down” mission in 1993.
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING: Global War on Terror Service
Navy Division: Sea, Air, Land Team SIX (SEAL-6)
CITATION: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Senior Chief Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) Kyle J. Milliken, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy from 4 to 5 May 2017, while serving as a Reconnaissance Team Leader for a Joint Task Force in support of overseas contingency operations. Senior Chief Milliken displayed remarkable combat leadership and personal courage under fire while executing a raid to detain a high value enemy fighter. As he tactfully navigated his element through arduous terrain to the final blocking position to contain the target compound, he identified multiple armed enemy fighters in a defensive posture. Senior Chief Milliken maneuvered his element to engage the two enemy combatants, eliminating the threat. As the assault force advanced, a third enemy fighter engaged the assault force with small arms fire from a barricaded position. Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, Senior Chief Milliken selflessly exposed himself to protect his element while simultaneously returning fire. He neutralized the barricaded enemy fighter and was mortally wounded. His decisive action and sound tactical acumen undoubtedly protected the lives of his teammates and eliminated a significant threat in the region. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Senior Chief Petty Officer Milliken reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.