September 13, 2015 ~ Odiorne State Park, Rye, NH
Although we run to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, we remember every service member from New Hampshire who laid down their lives for freedom's cause. Thousands have sacrificed to preserve our way of life. As you give tribute to our New Hampshire heroes please remember others who have given the ultimate sacrifice throughout history. Regardless of war or conflict or branch of service, we ultimately run for them all, honoring their service and sacrifice and remembering that they each gave up a future so that we could have ours.
We give tribute to them by name wherever possible and to the sacrifice of the families they left behind.
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Army Green Beret Staff Sergeant
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Kyle was hard to miss, whether tearing down a rugby field or running toward a firefight through muddy poppy fields in Afghanistan. Though an intimidating bear of a man at nearly 6 feet 3 and 240 pounds, Kyle was a fun-loving, warm-hearted guy who made friends effortlessly with his disarming, sometimes goofball charm, family and friends.
Kyle was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA and in 2003 moved to New Hampshire with his mother Lynn. After graduating from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, going to college off and on, and playing lots of rugby, he appeared to find his groove in life when he enlisted in the Army in October 2004. He joined the elite Special Forces as a medic, with plans to become a firefighter-paramedic or physician's assistant when he left the service. "He really seemed to be on his way," said his father, Del Warren. "He had just turned into a fine young man." He was living in Manchester when he joined the Army and headed for basic training.
After basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, GA, he was assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., in May 2005 for Special Forces training. His medical training was with John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at the Joint Special Operation Medical Training Center. He earned the coveted “Green Beret” in 2007 and was assigned to 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A) at Fort Bragg as a Special Forces medical sergeant.
In 2009, Kyle married his longtime New Hampshire sweetheart, Sandra.
On July 29, Kyle was one of two Special Forces soldiers killed by a roadside bomb outside Tsagay in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. Also killed was Capt. Jason E. Holbrook, 28, of Burnet, Texas. Kyle and other members of his Special Forces unit had just finished meeting with town elders when they were attacked by small-arms fire, according to his father, who received a redacted Army report on the circumstances surrounding his son's death. Warren and Holbrook were on an all-terrain-vehicle during the firefight when they were hit by the explosive, his father said. Officials at the U.S. Army Special Forces Command said Warren and Holbrook were killed during a combat reconnaissance patrol. Kyle was his team's medical sergeant.
He had just arrived for his second deployment in Kyle," said Daniel, who named his newborn son after his friend.
He had just arrived for his second deployment in the area, having already served in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "He was always top notch, and he took his job as a medic very seriously," said friend Jay Daniel of Jeffersonton, Va., a Special Forces veteran who trained with Kyle and served with him during his first deployment. "Kyle helped save lives, and he was always the first to volunteer if we had a mission." Daniel said that, along with aiding other soldiers, Kyle and other medics in Afghanistan provided healthcare for the elderly and sick during weekly town clinics. Kyle also rushed to save the lives of two boys in Afghanistan nearly killed by an improvised explosive device, which had seriously wounded their arms and legs. "There are two boys walking around southern Afghanistan today because of Kyle," said Daniel, who named his newborn son after his friend.
Kyle’s military education includes the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course; Basic Airborne Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Warrior Leaders Course; Special Forces Qualification Course; Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course and Military Freefall Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist badge, Combat Infantry Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
He was posthumously awarded a second Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, The NATO Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Kyle is survived by his wife Sandra, mother Lynn and stepfather Ed Linta, father Del and stepmother Jill Warren, and his extended family.