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Miller, Mykel

PFC MYKEL F. MILLER April 20, 1988 – September 6, 2007 Operation Enduring Freedom Mykel Filip Miller was born on April 20, 1988 in Phoenix, AZ and lived in Ahwatukee, Arizona with his mother Maria, stepfather David and 2 young step-brothers, CJ and Jacob. He enlisted in the Arizona Army National Guard as a High School Senior on June 17, 2005 and graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2006. Immediately after graduation, he attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA becoming qualified as an 11B, Infantryman. Assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry, Private First Class Miller was called up for federal service in support of the Global War on Terrorism on 3 January 2007. The battalion completed pre-mobilization training at Fort Bragg, NC and deployed to Afghanistan in March 2007. He was a member of 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon and Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Qalat during his service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. PFC Mykel F. Miller made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on 6 September 2007. He was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that struck his vehicle while he was performing duty as the driver of the lead vehicle of a Ground Assault Convoy mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. PFC Miller’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Rifle M16 Expert Qualification Badge.