Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL killed in Somalia

Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL killed in Somalia


BRANDI CUMMINGS 10 ON YOUR SIDE. (LAURA) WE’RE LEARNING MORE — (LAURA) ABOUT A U-S NAVY SEAL KILLED IN ACTION IN SOMALIA. (STEPHANIE) 38-YEAR OLD KYLE MILIKEN WAS BASED IN VIRGINIA BEACH. HE WAS ON A MISSION NEAR MOGADISHU WHEN HE WAS KILLED. (LAURA) TEN ON YOUR SIDE’S DEANNA LEBLANC SPOKE WITH CONGRESSMEN SCOTT TAYLOR, A FORMER NAVY SEAL, WHO SERVED WITH MILLIKEN. (DEANNA) CONGRESMAN TAYLOR TELLS ME HE SERVED WITH SENIOR CHIEF MILLIKEN IN IRAQ, AND AT ONE POINT WAS AN INSTRUCTOR IN A COURSE MILLIKEN WAS TAKING. MILLIKEN IS A HIGHLY DECORATED SEAL – AMONG HIS LONG LIST OF AWARDS: FOUR BRONZE STARS WITH COMBAT VALOR. THE 38 YEAR OLD WHO GREW UP IN MAINE WAS ALSO A HUSBAND AND A FATHER. HE WAS WORKING TOWARD A DEGREE AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY. HE WAS IN SOMALIA LATE LAST WEEK WORKING IN AN ADVISE AND ASSIST ROLE WITH SOMALI FORCES, ACCORDING TO THE PENTAGON. THEY WERE GOING AFTER TERROR GROUP AL-SHABAAB WHEN THE US FORCES CAME UNDER FIRE. REAR ADMIRAL TIMOTHY SYZMANSKI, WHO BASICALLY OVERSEAS ALL SEAL OPERATIONS, SAID IN A STATEMENT MILLIKEN “EMBODIED THE WARRIOR SPIRIT AND TOUGHNESS INFUSED IN OUR VERY BEST NAVY SEALS.” TAYLOR SAYS MILLIKEN WAS, THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. REP. SCOTT TAYLOR: A CONSUMATE 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. (DEANNA) MILLIKEN LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. IN A STATEMENT, THEY SAY THEY’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST BUT HAVE ASKED FOR PRIVACY DURING THIS

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