September 21, 2018Communications and Media
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Today, Chesterfield County government officials honored the service and sacrifice of Chesterfield native and Army hero by naming the road in Huguenot Park, Kyle Middleton Way. United States Army Corporal William Kyle Middleton was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 22, 2010, while valiantly serving his country in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. A graduate of L.C. Bird High School and Old Dominion University, Middleton worked in the Norfolk area before deciding to serve his country and join the United States Army.Middleton was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had been stationed in Afghanistan for about six months before insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Middleton is a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart recipient. His other awards and decorations for meritorious service include, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, and Combat Infantryman Badge. He was known and admired for his devotion to duty, commitment to his fellow soldiers, and compassion for the residents of Afghanistan.“We are proud to name this road in honor of Kyle,” said Leslie Haley, vice chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Midlothian District. “It’s a fitting memorial both to his love of his country and his commitment to his military service. Young people, and their families, will see Kyle’s name and remember him with gratitude for his bravery.”In addition to his service in the U.S. Army, Middleton was a fierce competitor on the soccer field. He started playing at an early age, even traveling to Europe to play, and longed to play professionally until a knee injury sidelined him. Following his death, a donation was made by his family to FC Richmond Soccer Club to build a pavilion in his honor at the Huguenot Park soccer fields. His name will now mark the road leading to the pavilion and soccer fields.