The Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs at UConn is pleased to honor Kyle Millilken, posthumously, as our “Veteran of the Month” for August and September 2017. Senior Chief Kyle Milliken was killed Friday, May 5th, 2017 during a Special Forces Operation in Somalia, as part of an ongoing mission to partner with local forces to counter al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaida.
In 2002 Kyle Milliken enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 in 2004. During that time, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. His medals and commendations include: four Bronze Stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals.
Kyle Milliken was a mid-distance runner at UConn and graduated in 2001. UConn track and field coach Greg Roy was quoted as saying, “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 . . . . His work ethic, perseverance and overall toughness was appreciated by everyone around him.” Milliken grew up in Falmouth, Maine and he was a great athlete, who was part of a 1,600-meter relay team that set a Maine Class A record in 1998, when he was in high school. He was working towards his MBA from William & Mary, as an online student.
In addition, a memorial fund has been established at UConn that will provide scholarship support to men’s track and field student-athletes who best exemplify the commitment and spirit of Milliken. The Kyle Milliken Memorial Fund will also provide financial support for special capital projects that benefit the men’s track and field program, as well as other programmatic enhancements. For more information and to contribute to that fund, please visit https://
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