GOD BLESS


For immediate release

February 3, 2013

Contact: Steven Young

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Dallas, Texas – Chief Chris Kyle (USN) and his trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help. Chief Kyle lived by a personal motto that "it is our duty to serve those,who serve us," and he and Littlefield died honoring this creed. Above all else, Chief Kyle was a unique individual and an amazingly loving father, husband, son, brother, friend and devout Christian who had a profound effect on the lives of those he touched.

Chief Kyle was publicly known for being the President of Craft International LLC and the author of the best-selling book, American Sniper. Chief Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, served four Combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. After retiring from the Navy, Chief Kyle founded Craft International LLC, a military and law enforcement training company, and was involved in numerous charities, including co-founding FITCO Cares Foundation, and other charitable events benefiting wounded and disabled servicemen and women returning from combat.

"Chris was a true American hero having devoted his adult life to serving his country in combat as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs and in training our military and law enforcement personnel after leaving the Navy. Chris was also an extremely devoted family man – a wonderful husband and loving father. He gave so much of his time to charitable causes that assisted military personnel and their families and died while trying to help a struggling service member. We are all saddened by his tragic death. America lost one of its finest sons and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kyle family" said Steven Young, Craft's CEO.

Mr. Young requests that the media respect the privacy of the Kyle family and friends while they grieve the loss of Chief Kyle. Details of the memorial service and funeral will be released at a later time.

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                Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for the Kyle and Littlefield families after the tragedy that took them from us on 2-2-2013. This page is now being administered by two close family friends of the Kyles.
We have created an official website devoted solely to the family trust funds. If you would like to donate directly to them, please visit:

                   We will also be adding an updated list of approved memorial gear and fundraisers since there are fraudulent sites popping up.

                                                    Thank you,


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It's our duty to serve those who serve us. Chris Kyle

March 26, 2013
Dallas, Texas – “It’s our duty to serve those who serve us.”  This was the last thing Chris inscribed in a copy of AMERICAN SNIPER.  Before his tragic death, people from all over the world mailed books to him for his signature, and Chris signed tens of thousands of books over the last year.  It’s this inscription in the last book – that’s still here in our offices at Craft – that stands out  and sums up Chris’ philosophy on life and that has infected the rest of us.

When Chris launched Craft, he immediately went to work assembling a team of warriors and professionals of like mind and unique talents- from SEALs to Green Berets, from SWAT Operators to businessmen, everyone at Craft lives by Chris’ philosophy.  In his own way he influenced the life choices of each of us, and his vision will live on in the training and mission of the company.  Craft will continue his vision to develop and provide the tools to the men and women who head into harm’s way to protect and serve. 

On February 2, 2013, we received the worst possible news -- our friend and colleague had been tragically taken from us.  Understandably, the first priority was, and will continue to be, to take care of the family.  The outpouring of support in helping the family plan the memorial and funeral was amazing.  The thousands of condolences and flood of people coming forward that had been touched by Chris was overwhelming. To quote the wife of one of Chris’s teammates, “As sad a day as it was, I have never been more proud to be American as when observing the most awesome display of patriotism, respect, and honor I've ever had the privilege of being a part of.”

Looking forward, we want to make sure you know where we stand.  Chris may not be here, but his legacy lives on in all of us here at Craft.  He worked alongside the dedicated professionals here to build a company that could live up to his high standards.  Every single one of our team has doubled down on their commitment to carrying out Chris’ legacy.  Craft will not only continue, we will carry on Chris’ mission going forward – It’s our duty to serve those who serve us.

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Words from our Team

 ’You are doing your country a disservice by not sharing your talents.’ These were the words that Chris told me that inspired me to become a part of Craft and get on board with him.  I will always be indebted to Chris for believing in me and inspiring me to come and be a part of this community.  I will move forward with Craft to pioneer a new form of combat language and continue Chris’ legacy.”
~ Rigo Durazo

"The passion  Chris had for giving back is unparalleled.  Over years of friendship and working together, I was always amazed by his drive to give back to anyone who was either currently serving, or had served their country or community.  He did it with such concern for the idividual regardless of position or stature.  It wasn't what Chris did, it was who he was."
~ Rich Emberlin

“Craft is a brotherhood of different people with different talents all coming together to achieve our mission, It’s our duty to serve those who serve us.”
~ John Wayne Walding

“Craft is now more than ever to me, a mission to teach others the best possible sniper courses to honor Chris’s memory of serving those who serve us.”
~ Mark Lang

“Craft will always remain the Nation’s premier sniper school, founded by one of America’s most talented sons, Chris Kyle.  Chris forged Craft from a love for country and duty to others, compelled to put forth training that is both congruent and germane to America’s conflicts.  In order to prepare America’s best assets, its warriors, in some of the most hostile areas on the planet, Craft specializes in operator-specific training.  Chris’s vision of Craft remains solid and true even in the wake of his passing.  Chris’s vision of helping others will be echoed day by day, hour by hour, training by training, as Craft moves forward to continue to provide skilled expertise in real world applications for America’s hardened warriors.”
~ Kevin Lacz

“Strength and Humor, are the things that really struck me about Chris, and moving forward I will always keep them in mind, the strength to finish what we start, no matter how frustrating the situation can be, and the ability to enjoy what we do.”
~ RD

“Craft by definition means strength or skilled.  I like to think I bring both to the team in my areas of expertise.  Skills are a diminishing art and if they are not practiced or passed down they will become no more.  In keeping with Chris’s motto of serving others who serve us, it is our duty to make sure the crafts we possess are honed and taught so that his death will not be in vain.”
~ Jeff Kranz
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Chris Kyle American Sniper

Thank you for choosing Craft International to meet your training needs. As a military or law enforcement professional we understand your time is valuable.

We are honored to be able to share with you the lessons learned from our instructors, whom have walked in similar paths as yourself, and some of whom continue to still do so today.

Through these lessons, experiences, in-depth studies, pain/sweat/tears, and in some cases blood, they have set forth a curriculum rooted in solid fundamentals that have been time tested and proven under a variety of operational conditions.

Our goal with our courses is to do one thing; make you better by giving you the skills necessary to dominate your opponent and win.

It's never about what we have done and where we have been; only how well we can articulate it all to you. We strive to be true teachers, and not merely instructors.

We are humbled to be a part of your continuing search and refinement of your chosen craft. Thank you for your continued service, dedication, and associated sacrifices made in protecting this great nation, at home and abroad.

Chris Kyle, President -Craft International

About Chris Kyle


Chief Chris Kyle (USN, honorably discharged in 2009) is one of the top snipers in the history of the American armed forces. From 1999 to 2009, he recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Chief Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. His extensive combat experience includes sniping, close-quarters battle, reconnaissance, long-range desert patrols, personal security and the training for foreign allies. In addition to working and training with the elite Navy SEALs, Chief Kyle has also served with units from the Army, Marine Corps and other government agencies.

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Chris Kyle Seal Sniper

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.

Chief Kyle is author of The New York Times number one bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History."

Chris Kyle had the dream of forming Craft upon completion of his last enlistment so that he could continue to serve this great nation by helping those headed into harm's way. When he founded Craft, he pulled together a remarkable team who share in his vision to provide the best training to those who need it the most.




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