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It's 'Miller time' at Exercise Saber Junction

Senior Airman Alec Miller, a loadmaster from the 96th Airlift Squadron, prepares for departure from Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Alec Miller, a loadmaster from the 96th Airlift Squadron, prepares for departure from Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Blaine Miller goes through post-flight inspections of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Blaine Miller goes through post-flight inspections of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Alec Miller, a loadmaster from the 96th Airlift  Squadron, secures the end of a parachute to the ramp of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, on April 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Alec Miller, a loadmaster from the 96th Airlift Squadron, secures the end of a parachute to the ramp of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, on April 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Blaine Miller goes through post-flight inspections of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

Senior Airman Blaine Miller goes through post-flight inspections of a C-130 at Aviano AB, Italy, in support of Exercise Saber Junction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Saylor)

MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn. -- Senior Airman Miller is relatively new to the Air Force, and Exercise Saber Junction is the first time he has participated in a major, joint exercise overseas. It is also Miller’s first trip overseas. Having only been in the Air Force Reserve a few short years, Miller is a full-time student when not working at the 934th Airlift Wing, with plans for a long Air Force career.

Senior Airman Miller is a crew chief; he is also a loadmaster whose friends call him Alec. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 2013; he joined the Air Force in 2014. The 934th Airlift Wing has double vision when it comes to Senior Airman Miller--because there are two: Senior Airman Alec Miller and Senior Airman Blaine Miller.

Senior Airman Alec Miller, a loadmaster from 96th Airlift Squadron, is on his first ever trip out of the country. Having only joined the Air Force in March 2014, he has been assigned to the 96th Airlift Squadron ever since, training and learning about his career field. His uncle convinced him to join the Air Force as he also served in the Air Force, and Alec Miller is happy he took the leap. He said, “What I like most is I get to fly around, and see cool stuff. It's a great time.” He is currently working on a business degree at Inver Hills Community College in his off time.

Senior Airman Blaine Miller, crew chief from the 96th Airlift Squadron, joined the Air Force in 2013, and is also currently a full-time student during his time away from the Air Force Reserve. He is studying to be a dentist, and hopes to eventually serve in that capacity in the Air Force when he finishes dental school. Exercise Saber Junction has been a good experience for Blaine Miller, as he has received a number of compliments on the state of the C-130 from the 934th which has instilled pride in his work and his fellow airmen from the Global Vikings. “This is the first exercise where I’ve seen other C-130s, and it makes me appreciate our C-130s--we take great pride in their cleanliness and appearance,” he said.

While this has been the beginning for the young careers of the two senior airmen from the 934th Airlift Wing, it certainly won’t be the last we hear of them. They have long, promising careers ahead of them; Exercise Saber Junction is just the beginning of their long flight through the military.



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