Captain Miller brings skill and passion to community boards

Mar 28, 2017

CAMP GUERNSEY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Wyo. – Capt. Jason Miller has been the airfield manager at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center since transferring from the Washington Army National Guard in October 2013.

Now, the Army helicopter pilot and his family are Guernsey residents and he sits on the boards of two community organizations—Guernsey Economic Development Board, as the camp representative, and the Guernsey Airport Board.

Miller wanted to make a difference in the community and thought his aviation background might be useful.

“Aviation is my passion, and it’s important to offer your talents, and have a voice within your community,” Miller said. “The biggest benefit is that (the National Guard members) get to develop relationships and trust with other people in the community, making it much easier for everyone to become more successful, and develop a better understanding of how we can work together to create synergy for Platte County.”

 

 

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He said his roles in the community are enhanced by his military background, but they relate to his job more indirectly.

“Having a military background is helpful. Most civilians don’t know the Army values; however, they do know that the Army is a value-based organization. Being active in the community gives us the opportunity to live up to and demonstrate our values; which ultimately brings credibility to the important things in life that we all strive for, freedom and a better way of life for our friends, our family, and our neighbors,” Miller explained.

“When you take a public role in uniform, most people will recognize you as ‘Captain Miller,’ and sometimes; like on the weekends, you just want to be ‘Jason’ when you’re at the local supermarket. On the other hand, it is an awesome responsibility that we as soldiers have, and we must own up to that responsibility both on and off duty,” he said.

Bruce Heimbuck is Camp Guernsey’s Joint Economic Development Coordinator on the Guernsey Economic Development Board. He hasn’t worked a lot with Miller, but appreciates his enthusiasm.

“I have found Capt. Miller to be interested in the community and willing to work with the local economic development group for the betterment of the community and the camp. I find he has a good vision for both the camp and the community and our conversations have been both insightful and helpful to me in my position,” Heimbuck said.

Miller urges his fellow soldiers to “just do it” if they’re thinking about volunteering for community service and reaping the rewards that provides.

“Be an upstanding member in your community, and do what you can to make it a better place. You’ll have the opportunity to network and work with some really interesting and diverse people,” he said. “The greatest reward is knowing that you are a part of, and contributing towards something that is much larger than yourself in hopes of having a positive impact in your community.”

This is the first of a series highlighting Camp Guernsey personnel who are making a difference in the Guernsey and Platte County community.

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