Ocean City American Legion Post 524 welcomes U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Miller and his family Sunday, Sept. 17, for an all-expenses paid week’s vacation, courtesy of the service organization’s Rest and Relaxation Program.
The Millers will be honored during a welcoming ceremony at Post 524, following a police and fire department escort into town, along with a motorcycle accompaniment by the Legion Riders from Somers Point American Legion Post 352.
A free condominium for the week, as well as a multitude of gifts from local businesses, will be given to the Millers as a way to say “thank you for your service and sacrifice.”
Miller manages 230 people who maintain KC-10 refueling aircraft. He also oversees more than 30 people who help ready and deploy aircraft for worldwide operations.
For the past five years, Miller has been stationed at New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where he is a technical instructor. Previously, he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California and McConnell AFB in Kansas, during which time he deployed six times.
Miller has deployed to the United States CENTCOM Area Of Responsibility (which stretches from Northeast Africa across the Middle East to Central and South Asia) seven times in the last 15-years. He has received four commendation medals, one achievement medal and several annual and quarterly awards.
The Miller family includes the his wife, Renee, and three children: sons Carsten, 5, and Torin, 3, and daughter Awyn, 1.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Post 524 has hosted military service members and their families so they could enjoy the shore community and its many amenities.
“The Veterans Rest and Relaxation Program began in 2013 as a way to pay tribute to servicemen and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military,” said program Chairman Jerry Bonner. “Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment, and we support their efforts as well.”