Alpha Male Of The Month: Chris Kyle

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.

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(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.

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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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16 Replies to “Alpha Male Of The Month: Chris Kyle”

  1. If you’re looking for other Alpha Males of the Month that are along the same lines as Chris Kyle. I’d suggest reading Fearless by Eric Blehm its the biography of Adam Brown. A SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan, he was a former crackhead, lost an eye, and most of the use of his right hand and still managed to make it to Team 6. The book is worth a read.

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  2. kyle is a liar. proven in a courtroom-very hard to do. and worst of all, he slandered a fellow seal by claiming he celebrated the deaths of fellow seals. utterly despicable. not to mention he was a useful idiot who took joy in killing people who were resisting an illegal invasion. if iraq had invaded the US, any and all men women and children who resisted the invading army with force would be considered heroes. and the snipers shooting at them would be the real “savages”. course there are few people who have the intellectual courage to reframe the situation like that, and will dutifully drop down and eat this guy out bc the mainstream media and their political bernankified warmongering buddies have a vested interest in promoting the endless war of terror.

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  3. Out of all of your articles I’ve loved 90%, but I hate this one. At the same time, I understand where you’re coming from if you don’t know the full story, in which case I don’t blame you for taking his side.
    Few things:
    – Stated in his book that he liked killing people just to kill people, and that it wasn’t really for his country
    – He’s been caught lying on multiple occasions, including one time where he claimed to have killed 2 carjackers (or something of the sort) in Texas. There’s no account of it actually happening.
    – I don’t see how he was Alpha at home, he helped other soldiers, but what the hell else would you do when you’re fucked from PTSD and everything is going to shit? He was viewed as a hero so he figured he might as well continue that, which I respect, but it’s not him actually being Alpha
    – I don’t have sympathy for the people that he killed that were actual threats, but the war was still in Iraq (BS invasion), which is bullshit as I’m sure you know.

    I know you’re posting it because you need to have an Alpha of the month article and it’s convenient because he’s popping right now (so it’s easier to rank in SEO, etc.), but please try to look at more sides of the coin before making him look like a great guy. He’s a piece of shit, although I do respect him for not giving up in the beginning when he first tried to join.

    Articles like these make me lose faith in your ideals and makes me less likely to look at you as a role model/authority. I know the opinion of one reader doesn’t mean shit (I promise I’m not a hater, I’ve read ALL of your articles), but I’m probably speaking on behalf of many more.

    Keep up the good work, but just don’t keep up low quality posts to get more SEO. You’re a smart guy, I know you can come up with other ways to increase your publicity ;).

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    1. I didn’t write the post for SEO purposes. I did because he personifies certain alpha male characteristics that are not ‘traditional’ in the sense of being a playboy and I find that interesting.

      Everyone has an opinion regarding this guy and thanks for sharing yours.

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      1. I have big respect to you for not deleting this comment (as well as replying). Thinking it over, I do believe you when you say that you did not write it for SEO purposes. I’ll still be reading your awesome posts!

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    2. a man named og bobby johnson with your opinion- not surprising.

      if it takes time for you to see- irregardless of his stance on doing his job- that the manner, behavior, and mindsets he carried in life and in action are truly alpha- so be it.

      christian laid out for you how masculine this man is- and the reasons for so.
      most men respect warriors for good reason- regardless of the situation they’re put in.

      maybe it’ll take time for you to distinguish between personal politics of your views on foreign affairs, and the men who’re actually on the fucking dirt.

      take care.

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      1. I don’t disagree that being a warrior is an Alpha thing. The difference is that he killed people that wouldn’t have had to be killed if we never invaded Iraq. He saved American soldiers that should never have had to be saved. I don’t respect Chris Kyle for killing a lot of people. When it comes down to it, that’s what he’s known for, killing a lot of people. I don’t give a fuck about soldiers “on the fucking dirt.” They’re tools in the first place.

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  4. Great write-up on Chris Kyle. He and Carlos Hathcock were damn good snipers..perhaps the best in the U.S. Military.

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  5. There are tons of reasons… to illustrate his superiority by having him defeat the enemy’s best, etc., but for me the best thing about the enemy sniper character was how they showed him also leaving his wife and baby at home to go off and fight for his country, as if they purposely wanted to make you think to yourself that these guys are basically the same person, doing the same thing for the same reasons, but now they have to kill each other.

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    1. I believe the fictional nemesis was a way for them to show the bounties on his head. Sometimes when telling a story you have to compile multiple characters into one in order to provide clarity and a story line for the reader/audience.

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      1. As this article, like the film, and like the book, do a fine job of arguing, Chris Kyle tackled—physically and mentally—one of the most important questions, if not the question, of life: how to live a happy life. Whether or not you, I, us, or them, agree with the specifics—What and the How—we fundamentally agree with the why: to live a happy life. Chris Kyle’s story, like any story of a human individual, will always fall prey to the narrative fallacy:

        “The narrative fallacy addresses our limited ability to look at sequences of facts without weaving an explanation into them, or, equivalently, forcing a logical link, an arrow of relationship upon them. Explanations bind facts together. They make them all the more easily remembered; they help them make more sense. Where this propensity can go wrong is when it increases our impression of understanding.”

        —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

        Read the last sentence. I do not want to understand the specific minutia of Chris Kyle’s story, because frankly that would reveal how tough I’m not; I’m reminded of that day in and day out, already. When watching the film, or reading the book, or reading this blog post, in my eyes Christian/Chris/Clint was, like all great Men, firmly but fairly inviting the reader to entertain a perspective that may not increase our impression of understanding his story, but can help influence our impression of understanding our life—and nothing is more important when it comes to inspiration than human contact, human propensity, and human will.

        In short, be “around” Great Men, from your Dad to your Mentor. Listen, Learn, and most importantly Live.

        All men whose lives are deemed “Great” should conform to those three L’s—making you want to listen to their words, learn from their lives, and ultimately live your own philosophy—irrespective of what they did and how they did it. If they inspired you, great. If they inspired you to think of them as a sign of “masculine” virtues, that perhaps fall prey to the Narrative Fallacy, but allow you to understand your life, then that is even greater. The greatest of all? If they inspire me, if they inspire you, us, and maybe even “them.”

        All of the above is simplified. If you think that I’m promoting anything other than the power of storytelling, specifically as a medum and proxy for taking action, than please email me so we can debate, and not waste time on McQueen’s great website.

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