Miller was born in Kentucky and spent part of his youth in Florida before moving to Ohio and graduating from Miami East High School in Miami County.
He joined the Marine Reserves in Dayton in 2000 and learned about the Young Marines through the reserves unit.
He served in Iraq and also is active in veterans organizations.
“Doing this, the Young Marines and veterans groups, you continue to serve,” Miller said. “That is something I learned from John Bankowitz and other mentors from that program.” Bankowitz was previous unit commander.
He and Miller also serve on the Miami County Veterans Services Commission together and Miller is active in the Troy AmVets organization.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton and works for OnSolve.
He and his wife, Tina, have three children – Ian, Kira and Owen – ranging in age from two to six. Tina also is involved in the Young Marines.
Miller’s work with Young Marines is all volunteer. “With the Young Marines, not only do I mentor but I also get to meet a lot of great people and mentors in the program,” he said.
Noting that drug prevention is a large focal point for the organization, Miller said he hopes the community has benefitted from the drug prevention efforts. The unit has been the recipient of the Camarena through five times, he said.
Although it is a national program, Miller said the Young Marines is not as familiar to people as other youth programs such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. “It is like a hidden gem,” he said. More Young Marines are always welcome, Miller said
His nomination as a Community Gem was “kind of humbling,” Miller said noting he read about others recognized and was impressed by them.