AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer was a good friend and roommate of the decorated Navy SEAL killed in combat in Somalia.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, died on a special operations mission Thursday. His special operation team was targeting a compound with a local leader of the Al-Shabab terror group.
As the 15-year veteran and his comrades moved in, they came under attack. Four were wounded and Milliken later died.
Milliken is the first U.S. service member to be killed in action in Somalia since the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that led to the death of 18 service members and wounded 73 others — an event that inspired the book and later Hollywood film, “Black Hawk Down.”
APD Officer Clint Dixon met Milliken when he joined the Navy. They were roommates during training in Pensacola in 2002.
“When I woke up and got a text message this morning it was kind of disbelief,” said Dixon.
Dixon went onto flight school while Milliken moved forward with Navy SEAL training. The two were together for a second time in Virginia Beach were they were both stationed in 2004, and lived together for a couple of years.
“He was a beast. He doesn’t look like a beast, but he is an absolute monster of a man, and I have no doubt in my mind when he went down — he went down in a blaze and I’m sure there’s plenty of brass around him from him firing back,” Dixon said.
Dixon recalls a day shortly after his daughter was born when they were eating dinner at a restaurant together.
“She was fussy in the middle of the restaurant and he picked her up and walked her around,” said Dixon. “She’s old enough now to understand. I made sure that she knew…a real warrior and a real hero got to put her to sleep one time.”
Milliken was from Falmouth, Maine. His family says he was a devoted father and son, a true professional and a wonderful husband.