Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169,
Marine Aircraft Group 39,
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1 Marine Expeditionary
Camp Pendleton, CA
29, of North Attleboro, MA;
by a collision between a
UH-1 and an AH-1 helicopter in Helmand province
at FOB Dwyer, Afghanistan.
is currently being updated. Below is a summary of his military service:
Kyle was a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he
was quarterback of the football team, which was re-established after a 58-year
hiatus. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice.
After completing Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, Va., in the summers of
1999 and 2000, Kyle was commissioned as a second lieutenant, USMC in 2002. The
ceremony was held at the Joseph W. Martin School, where Kyle attended grammar
school. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course in Quantico and Flight
School in Pensacola, FL, Kyle graduated in 2004 with his Aviator wings and
assignment to train as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot. He was assigned to HMLA-169
at Camp Pendleton in California. Kyle was deployed twice to Iraq and then to
Afghanistan. He was hand-selected to be a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics
School Squadron One (MAWTS-1) instructor, the Marine Corps' center for aviation
excellence and tactical instruction, commencing June 2010.
His awards and decorations include Air Medal with combat "V," for valor, Air
Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 12, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal,
Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign
Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea
Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, and the NATO International
Security Assistance Forces - Afghanistan (ISAF) Medal.
Kyle is survived by his wife Megan, daughter Avery, son Colin, parents Calvin
and RuthAnn Van De Giesen, brothers Christian and Ryan, sister Caitlin and his