Honoring Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyleby Representative Bill Flores
Posted on 2013-02-13
FLORES. Mr. Speaker, on February 2 America lost Naval Chief Petty
Officer Christopher Scott Kyle in a tragic shooting.
Chief Kyle was a true Texan who grew up learning the cowboy ways in central Texas. After a riding injury to his arm, his future in the rodeo was lost. Kyle went on to pursue his other dream and joined the military. He served in the Navy for 10 years most notably as a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy SEAL's. Assigned to SEAL team 3 as a sniper, he served 4 tours in ``Operation Iraqi Freedom.'' At the time of his tragic death, he was helping two fellow veterans cope with post- military life as he did with many other veterans.
During his 10 years of service to our country, Chief Kyle earned many awards and decorations. He earned two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Kyle's achievements and ferocity earned not only the respect of his fellow service men and women, but the enemy as well.
On February 12, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle was laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Thousands lined the streets and highways to pay their respects and honor the service and sacrifice of Chief Kyle as his funeral procession traveled 200 miles from Midlothian to Austin.
On that day, we laid this American hero to rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the many friends of Chief Kyle. He [[Page H497]] will forever be remembered as an outstanding sailor, husband, and father. We thank him and his family for their service and sacrifice for our country.
His sacrifice reflects the words of Jesus in John 15:13, ``Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'' God bless our military men and women, and God bless America.
Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor an American hero, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle.
Eleven days ago, Chief Kyle was taken away from all of us while doing what he did best--helping others, especially fellow veterans.
During his four tours in Iraq, Chief Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His skill as a sniper became legendary among Americans and insurgents alike. He was given the nickname ``the devil of Ramadi'' by the insurgents and a $20,000 bounty was placed on his head.
By the time Chief Kyle left the Navy in 2009, he had made 160 confirmed kills, more than any other U.S. military sniper in history.
Chief Kyle returned home to Midlothian, Texas in 2009 to be with his wife, Taya Kyle, and their two young children.
Chief Kyle continued protecting his fellow warriors through the creation of the Fitco Cares Foundation, which raised awareness and money to help veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
In 2012, Chief Kyle's, American Sniper, was published. Though his book became a best seller, he never received money from it. Instead, he used the proceeds for the families of two friends and fellow SEALs.
Most notable of all, Chief Kyle was a man who loved his family deeply, watched over his friends, and did all he could to protect and help those close to him.
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Chris Kyle and offer the thanks of a grateful nation.