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Congratulations to our Veteran of the Quarter
Facility: Abraxas Youth Center
Branch of the Military: U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army
Time Served: 28 Years
Howard Miller, Treatment Supervisor at the Abraxas Youth Center (AYC) is our nominee for Veteran of the Quarter. Prior to joining Abraxas in 1999, Howard served his country admirably in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army for 28 years in the career fields of aviation ordinance and explosives, as well as logistics and finance, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant.
Upon completion of his stay at the Paris Island Inn, SC he went onto advanced training for aviation ordinance in Jacksonville, FL before moving to his first duty station in El Toro, CA. He then transferred to Iwakuni, Japan where he served as the Quality Assurance Representative and Production and Maintenance Control Manager for the Air Wing. Howard discharged from the Marine Corps, serving eight years in the US Army Reserves with a helicopter squadron, before re-enlisting in the Marine Corps, which took him back to El Toro, CA and eventually back to Iwakuni, Japan where he served as the NCOIC and Explosives Quality Assurance Inspector, managing a $360 million ordinance account. He would later go on to serve as the Explosives Safety Officer in New River, NC. Then, while on deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, he authored a military technical publication regarding the employment of 2.75” rockets. Later that same year, on the USS Nassau, Howard was in charge of 80 Marines in Southwest Asia as part of the Persian Gulf War. Howard would go on to serve another stint in Iwakuni, Japan, before finishing his military service in the Marine Corps Reserves in New Orleans, LA.
A few of his many awards include; Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (2nd award), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Overseas Deployment Ribbon (6th award). While attending the Senior NCO Advanced Leadership Course, Howard was voted as the “Outstanding Leadership and Motivation Award” recipient by 65 fellow Gunnery Sergeants!
Upon retiring from the Marines, Howard joined the Abraxas Leadership Development Program in September 1999. While working full-time he went to school full-time at Pennsylvania State University, earning his BS degree in Information Systems and Technology in 2002. That same year he transferred to the Abraxas Youth Center, where he was later promoted to Treatment Supervisor where he remains today. In 2006 he earned his Master’s degree in Information Systems from Shippensburg University.
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