Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of months, then you’ve heard of the late Chris Kyle, aka the #1 sniper in American Military history.
Certified badass doesn’t even begin to describe the feats that Chris Kyle accomplished during his time on earth, but in this month’s alpha male bio, I’ll shed some light on what he did to earn this slot.
While it’s typical to only consider playboy’s who have high notch counts as the only alpha males, there is another type: the man who lives life on his own terms, even if that means one woman and kids.
Chris Kyle isn’t known for having a high notch count, but another type of count: kills. While there’s been plenty of hoopla in the media as of late regarding him (I’m talking to you Michael Moore), his bravery and dedication to serving his country is clearly defined by his actions. He was an American hero. Period.
Like last month’s Alpha Male of The Month, I am using the same format of including his bio of sorts with my commentary dispersed in bold.
(Source) Some excerpts have been condescend for article length.
“Kyle was born in Odessa, Texas, the son of Deby Lynn (née Mercer) and Wayne Kenneth Kyle, a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. Kyle’s father bought his son his first rifle at eight years old, a bolt-action .30-06 Springfield rifle, and later a shotgun, with which they hunted pheasant, quail, and deer. Kyle attended high school in Midlothian, Texas, where he played football and baseball.
After school, Kyle became a professional bronco rodeo rider and worked on a ranch, but his profession ended abruptly when he severely injured his arm. After his arm healed, Kyle went to a military recruiting office, interested in joining the U.S. Marine Corps with a special interest in special operations. Kyle signed up, but was rejected because of the pins in his arm.
Sometimes shit happens in life that throws us off our original goal, but learning to adapt and be like water finding our path no matter what, is crucial to achieving success.
Kyle met with a U.S. Army recruiter next, who told him about the Special Forces and the Rangers. A U.S. Navy recruiter told him about the U.S. Navy SEALs as he was leaving the recruiting office. After initially being declined, he received a call to BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL school). He joined the U.S. Navy in 1999.
The Marines rejected him. He was initially rejected by the SEALs and then finally accepted. This was a man who would not quit.
Assigned to SEAL Team 3, sniper element, platoon “Charlie” (later “Cadillac”), within the Naval Special Warfare Command, and with four tours of duty, Kyle served in many major battles of the Iraq War.
His first long-range kill shot was taken during the initial invasion when he shot a woman approaching a group of Marines while carrying a hand grenade. An article by CNN reported that the woman was cradling a toddler in her other hand. As ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack.He later stated, “the woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn’t take any Marines with her.”
Because of his track record as a marksman during his deployment to Ramadi, the insurgents named him Shaitan Ar-Ramadi (English: ‘The Devil of Ramadi’), and put a $21,000 bounty on his head that was later increased to $80,000. They posted signs highlighting the cross on his arm as a means of identifying him. In 2008, outside Sadr City, Kyle made his longest successful shot after spotting an insurgent who was about to fire a grenade at the U.S. Army convoy. Kyle fired one shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum-chambered McMillan Tac-338 sniper rifle from about 2,100 yards (1,920 m) away, killing the insurgent.
Chris’s job was essentially having his fellow man’s back, literally. Never forget your real friends. Never forget those who you’re supposed to be loyal to. Loyalty is becoming a lost ‘art’, but it’s value is priceless.
During four tours of duty in the Iraq War, Kyle was shot twice and caught up in six separate IED explosions. He accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills. These numbers are based on individual shooter logs, filled out at the end of a mission, and reported to higher command.
Kyle stated that he did not know his official kill record, and only counted the lives he felt he could have saved. U.S. Special Operations Command treats sniper kill counts as “unofficial”. Confirmed kills must have a witness. He became known by the moniker “Legend” among the general infantry and Marines whom he was tasked to protect.
Shot twice, survived explosions and gained his fellow mans’ respect. You get respect by doing something out of the ordinary. Don’t expect respect if you’re weak, cowardly and full of shit.
Kyle left the U.S. Navy in 2009 and moved to Midlothian, Texas, with his wife, Taya, and two children. He was president of Craft International, a tactical training company for the U.S. military and law enforcement communities.
Boss at war and boss at home. Being president of a company takes leaderships skills and clearly Chris had what it took to handle both.
In 2012, HarperCollins released Kyle’s autobiographical book American Sniper. Kyle had initially hesitated to write the book but was persuaded to move forward because other books about SEALs were underway. In his book, Kyle wrote bluntly of his experiences.
Of the battle for control of Ramadi he says “Force moved that battle. We killed the bad guys and brought the leaders to the peace table. That is how the world works.”
In the book and in interviews following, Kyle stated he had no regrets about his work as a sharpshooter, saying, “I had to do it to protect the Marines.”
Unapologetically masculine and bold is what is required in this day and age gentlemen. Despite people discouraging you, hating on you, or constantly questioning your decisions, stand strong and don’t back down.
Kyle paired with FITCO Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization which created the Heroes Project to provide free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Chris gave back and that is a testament to his true character as a man. To give back is to give a flying fuck about others and is necessary once one has achieved success. Chris had a burden to help others in life and there is no greater call than this.
On February 2, 2013, Kyle and a companion, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. The suspected shooter was a 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran Eddie Ray Routh, whom Kyle and Littlefield had reportedly taken to the gun range in an effort to help him with what they were told by his mother was post-traumatic stress disorder.
Local police captured Routh after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who had left the scene of the shootings in Kyle’s Ford F-350 truck, crashed into a police cruiser in Lancaster, Texas. Erath County sheriffs said the motive for the killing was unclear. Routh, from Lancaster, was arraigned February 2, 2013, on two counts of capital murder and was taken to the Erath County Jail for holding under a $3 million bond. Routh’s trial was set to begin May 5, 2014, but was delayed to allow more time to comply with DNA test requirements; his trial is now set to begin February, 2015.
The tragic senseless murder of Chris Kyle is undoubtedly sad, but his legacy will live on. We as men are not guaranteed tomorrow, but what you do today will either leave a legacy of greatness and inspiration when you’re gone, or not. The choice is yours.
A memorial service was held for Kyle at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 11, 2013. Kyle was buried on February 12, 2013, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas, after a funeral procession from Midlothian, Texas, to Austin, stretching over 200 miles. Hundreds of local and out-of-state residents lined Interstate 35 to view the procession and pay their final respects to Kyle.
Did you catch that? The funeral procession stretched over 200 miles long! You know if you made a difference on earth or not by how many people attend your funeral. Chris Kyle clearly affected many people for good.
Sculptor Greg Marra created a memorial statue of Kyle for presentation to his widow. Fundraising for production of the statue has been provided by members of the Tea Party movement.
This guy made a statue of him. It doesn’t get anymore alpha than to inspire people to create a statue of you.
Clint Eastwood’s 2014 film American Sniper is based on Kyle’s autobiography. Kyle is portrayed by Bradley Cooper and his wife Taya Kyle is portrayed by Sienna Miller. For his portrayal of Kyle, Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Picture
When Clint Eastwood takes an interest in your story and makes a film about you, then you know your life had an impact. Current to date the film has smashed box office records and it’s a good film that I recommend you check out.
In conclusion, I chose Chris Kyle for this month’s Alpha Male of The Month because of the bravery he showed in the field, his dedication to a cause greater than himself and the incredible legacy he left behind. Chris was an alpha male and a damn good one at that.
In loving memory of Chris Kyle 1974-2013, may he rest in peace.
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