STORRS, Conn. -
Former UConn men’s track and field student-athlete Kyle Milliken was identified by the Pentagon on Saturday as the Navy SEAL killed in a military operation in Somalia last week.
Milliken graduated from UConn in 2001 and was a mid-distance performer for the men’s track and field program under head coach Greg Roy.
"Kyle was a glue kid, the kind of kid that didn't just show up to practice every day, but made those around him better,” said Roy. “His work ethic, perseverance and overall toughness was appreciated by everyone around him. Kyle was a great student as well, it really didn't surprise me when he made the grade as a Navy Seal. The country has lost a great American and UConn has lost an alum who has made us proud. Our heart goes out to his wife and kids."
Milliken lived in his native Falmouth, Maine, and graduated in from Cheverus High School.
“Senior Chief Kyle Milliken embodied the warrior spirit and toughness infused in our very best Navy SEALs,” said Rear Admiral Timothy Szymanski, who is in charge of the Navy SEALs. “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.”
Milliken enlisted in 2002 and has been stationed with the East-Coast Based Special Warfare Unit. He has been awarded more than a dozen citations, ribbons and medals. He was also an Enlisted Freefall Parachutist.