Memorial Day Details of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s Heroic Service
Last week, just in time for Memorial Day, the personnel files of Chief Petty Office Chris Kyle military career were made public.
The US Navy released 7 Evaluation Report & Counseling Record forms, known internally as E1-E6. These documents contain performance ratings and comments from Kyle’s “Reporting Senior” and cover the Sniper’s military career from June 2003 through September 2009.
In his earliest released evaluation, completed in the spring of Y 2004, Kyle is lauded as a “COMBAT PROVEN SEAL,” commended for his efforts to help the city of Scripps Poway rebuild after large fires ravaged the community, and recommended for promotion. The following year he is awarded four combat medals or ribbons, lauded for “unsurpassed courage under fire while conducting sniper operations in support of [redacted] during the siege of Fallujah” as well as for exceptional leadership “in combat during the most urban combat ever experienced by NSW personnel.”
The commendations kept coming in November 2005, when his superior acknowledged Kyle’s contributions training other SEAL snipers in urban operations, graded him as “greatly exceeds standards” for leadership, and called Kyle “ONE OF THE MOST COMBAT EXPERIENCED OPERATORS IN THE SEAL TEAMS. HE HAS MADE STRONGEST PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT FOR PROMOTION TO CHIEF PETTY OFFICER.”
In his next E1-E6 evaluation, Kyle is described by his senior officer as “ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE COMBAT SNIPERS IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY” and noted that he “single-handedly thwarted a large-scale coordinated attack on a [redacted]” and “planned and executed [redacted] sniper overwatch missions in the City of Ar Ramadi.” The report concludes with the recommendation to promote Kyle “immediately.”
An evaluation filed in November 2007 reflects Kyle’s transition from the battlefield, as he begins work as a platoon training leader. He is graded as “greatly exceeds standards,” the highest rating possible, for his professional knowledge, his quality of work, his personal accomplishments, his teamwork and his leadership. This report also mentions Kyle earning one of his Bronze Stars with “combat distinguishing device.” The record concludes “PROMOTE IMMEDIATELY!”
The final 2 E1-E6 reports further document his transition to be a Chief Petty Officer responsible for training young SEALS.
These 2 reports lack documentation of wartime heroics of his earlier evaluations, but highlight how he ensures “each man is better prepared for all the challenges they may meet on and off the battlefield.”
Kyle is consistently rated to be above standard.
His final evaluation, completed in September 2009, concludes with a recommendation that Kyle is ready for another promotion.
Chief Petty Office Kyle’s separation documents indicate that he was discharged from the Navy on 4 November 2009.
Chief Petty Officer Kyle was awarded a Silver Star for his service during a Y 2006 tour of duty in Iraq.
Below is the exact language that accompanied that award, as follows:
“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Special Warfare Operator Christopher S. Kyle, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Lead Sniper while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Task Unit-RAMADI in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 24 April to 27 August 2006. Petty Officer Kyle’s heroic actions, professionalism and incredible sniper skills had tremendous impact in the success of U.S. and Iraqi Forces in routing the insurgency and seizing key areas of the City of Ar Ramadi, the epicenter of Al Qaeda and insurgent activity in Iraq. During 32 sniper overwatch missions, he personally accounted for 91 confirmed enemy fighters killed and dozens more probably killed or wounded. Petty Officer Kyle’s efforts were integral to the success of four US Army and Marine Corps Battalion Task Force operations, establishing US and Iraqi Army combat outposts in previously insurgent-held areas. His engagements directly prevented casualties to US and Iraqi Forces on more than 30 occasions, including enemy rocket-propelled grenade and mortar teams eliminated, five enemy snipers with scoped weapons eliminated, and dozens of insurgent fighters destroyed while actively engaging US and Iraqi forces with small arms. By his bold leadership, courageous actions, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Kyle reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
This Memorial Day is one for us all to remember our nation’s military men and women who have given their lives in defense of our Freedom