Chris Kyle was a true American Hero, he served four tours and displayed many acts of heroism, along with receiving a few medals while serving his time in the Navy. (Read) Kyle encountered many personal and real-world challenges such as the war he was fighting in Iraq, the mental war with PTSD, and the emotional struggles involving his marriage with his wife, Taya Kyle. His everyday life is where we are shown details about the Hero. This proves the Hero is a human, just like everyone, and making it easier for us to relate to him and his struggles.Chris was born April 8th, 1974 in Odessa, Texas. Son of a deacon, Wayne Kyle and a stay at home mother, Deby Mercer, Kyle spent most of his childhood and early adult life working as a ranch hand. He started his skillful shot career early from hunting in the woods with his father and brother, Jeff Kyle. Enraged by the war in Iraq, Chris visited a Navy recruiter and was soon sent to boot camp where he would train for the next seven months to become a SEAL. (Hall) The Hero’s journey starts when he receives a call to action. He feels the strong urge to take the call but also has his doubts, fearing the quest will affect his life negatively.Kyle was watching the news on the Iraq war when he decided he would take part in the effort to protect his country. Chris went to a local recruiter in his hometown and was immediately hooked. At this important turning point, the Hero severely needs guidance, he meets with a mentor who gives him something he needs to aid him along the journey. Whatever the mentor provides the Hero with, it serves to end his doubts, fears and give him the strength/courage to begin his quest. This also where Kyle crosses the threshold, in which Campbell believed this is where the hero is now ready to act upon his call to adventure and finally begin his quest, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional. He goes willingly or he may be pushed by the mentor, either way, he finally crosses the threshold between the world he has always know and that which he has not. It may be leaving a hometown for the first time in his life or just doing something he has always been scared to do. (Bronzite) During his seven month training, Kyle endured the most difficult military training. Basic Conditioning: Includes continuous physical conditioning. Students also study small boat seamanship, hydrographic surveys and charts. Diving: Covers SCUBA skills, students learn open and closed circuit combat diving along with how to complete long-distance underwater transit dives. Land Warfare: Includes land navigation, small-unit tactics, rappelling, military land and underwater explosives, and weapons training. (Military) Chris excelled in his training and went on to sniper training, he was a natural and surpassed his peers. Chris Kyle was a friendly person but kept to himself most of the time. He made many allies and friends throughout his time spent in the military, through basic training to time spent on his tours Chris had a new family and they had to protect each other, no matter the cost. Kyle quoted in his book ” I didn’t risk my life to bring democracy to Iraq. I risked my life for my buddies, to protect my friends and fellow countrymen. I went to war for my country, not Iraq.” (Kyle) Joseph Campbell describes enemies and allies as “He may earn allies and meet enemies who will, each in their own way, help prepare him for the greater ordeals yet to come. This is the stage where his skills and/or powers are tested and every obstacle that he faces helps us gain a deeper insight into his character and ultimately identify with him even more.”- CampbellThe Ordeal may be a dangerous physical test or an inner crisis that the Hero faces in order to survive or for the world in which the Hero lives to continue to exist. Whether it be facing his greatest fear or most deadly foe, the Hero must draw upon all of his skills and his experiences to defeat the enemy or conquer the challenge. (Bronzite) Kyle is deployed to Iraq on several tours, he encounters many firefights, along with close calls and dangerous missions. During his deployment, he comes to find out there is a bounty on his head. He is pursued by Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein’s government, Islam, and the deadliest sniper in Iraq, Mustafa, an Olympic sniper. (Taylor) The price on his head and the people he faces also ties into “Tests, Allies and Enemies”. This is the peak of the hero’s journey and where everything is put on the line. If he fails he will either die or life will never be the same.After defeating the enemy, surviving death and finally overcoming his greatest personal challenge, the Hero is ultimately transformed into a new state. (Bronzite) Kyle left the military in 2009, receiving various rewards such as two awards of the Silver Star and five awards for the Bronze Star. In his post-Navy life, Kyle followed a number of different pursuits; writing an autobiography titled “American Sniper” that later became a movie in 2013, beginning a non-profit organization, FITCO Cares Foundation, which supplies fitness equipment to war-wounded veterans. (Aldrich) Kyle begins to struggle with PTSD, he becomes irritable with his wife as she encourages him to see a professional. He spends most of his time surrounding himself with wounded veterans, time at the shooting range and enjoying his family. Kyle’s childhood passion for guns stayed with him as he was extremely political and open about his beliefs against the former president, Barack Obama.This is the peak of the journey in which the Hero must have his final and must come face to face with death. The final battle also represents something far greater than the Hero’s own existence with its result having consequences to his Ordinary World like the war and the effect he left on friends and family. If he fails, others will suffer and he will feel more pressure on his chest along with fearing the loss of others. Ultimately the Hero should succeed, destroy his enemy and emerge from battle cleansed and reborn, (Bronzite) yet unfortunately, in Chris Kyle’s journey events take a turn for the worse. Chris left behind many important memories and is a Hero to thousands, possibly millions of people. Kyle’s life came to a horrific end on February 2, 2013, when he and a close friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot at a gun range outside of Fort Worth, Texas, by Eddie Ray Routh, an ex-Marine who had a long history of mental illness. Chris Kyle was 38 years old. Kyle’s murder drew brought about an immense amount of support especially in his home state of Texas, where an estimated 7,000 people attended a service for the later Navy SEAL at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. (Aldrich) Kyle was and to this day, still is the true idea of a Hero, his actions, ideas, personality, and strong mentality are proof of this. His story follows the twelve-step outline of a hero’s journey.