Born in Odessa, Texas in 1974, Chris Kyle was only two months older than me, and yet he has achieved so much more in his life. Sad to say I will never get to meet him. Chris, an American hero and great patriot, has died on February 2nd, 2013. He leaves behind wife and two kids. ~ Robin
In 1999 he joined United States Navy. Assigned to SEAL Team 3, with more than four tours of duty, he has served in every major battle in the first Gulf war. From 1999 to 2009, Chris has recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they called him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.
Chris Kyle has become a legend among his fellow soldiers, covering them from rooftops and stealth positions as well as fighting with them in the streets.
In addition to working and training with the elite Navy SEALs, Chief Kyle has also served with units from the Army, Marine Corps and other government agencies.
Through his combat deployments, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation.
After his combat deployments he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams He authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
Chris left the US Navy in 2009,and moved to back to Texas with his wife and two children. He founded Craft International, security, defense and combat weapons training for military, police and civilians, continuing to serve this great nation by helping those headed into harm’s way.
Chris Kyle is the author of The New York Times number one bestselling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”, published in 2012.
Chris has also co-founded FITCO Cares to help veterans fight PTSD.