Coast Guardsman to be a guest at the State of the Union Address

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guardsman is scheduled to be a special guest of the First Lady at tonight’s State of the Union Address in Washington D.C.

Petty Officer Will Milam, a native of Phoenix, Arizona and currently assigned to Air Station Kodiak, is scheduled to meet with the Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen this afternoon and attend a reception at the White House with his wife before joining the First Lady for tonight’s address.

Petty Officer Milam entered the Coast Guard in 1992 after six years in the Navy. After completing aviation survival man training in 1993 at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Petty Officer Milam was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, for four years where he qualified on the H-65 and H-60 helicopters as well as the HU-25 aircraft. Prior to leaving the Northwest, he was selected the Coast Guard District Thirteen’s Enlisted Person of the Year in 1996. Transferring to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, in 1997, Petty Officer Milam initially qualified on the C-130 then later returned to H-60 division. He is currently assigned to the Alaska Patrol division and routinely deploys aboard Coast Guard cutters as a pivotal member of H-65 aviation detachments.

Petty Officer Milam’s military decorations total nearly 45 awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Letters of Commendations, the 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism and 2007 Captain Frank Erickson Aviation Rescue Award. Petty Officer Milam is married to Deborah and they have two daughters-Aurora and Arielle.

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