PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)

With multiple deployments and unique assignments during her 29 plus years of military experience as a munitions system specialist, Chief Master Sgt. Kristen Miller has broken a few barriers along the way.

Her resume speaks for itself, as does her caring dedication to helping shape those in the career field.

And yet, with her recent job promotion, Miller has broken another barrier in the military, becoming the first female chief master sergeant munitions system specialist superintendent in the Air National Guard.

Her go-getter drive and determined personality started long before she joined the military. A natural and competitive athlete, she played NCAA softball at the University of Oregon in her hometown of Eugene until an extreme ankle injury ended her collegiate sporting career.

“I worked really hard and took pride in being a collegiate athlete, but I didn’t want that disappointment to define me or be the end of something,” she said.

Undeterred and looking for new challenges Miller found her way to the Air Force and the munitions career field with a long term assignment at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. After serving on active duty, she returned home and eventually joined the Air National Guard in 1990.

For nearly 16 years she worked a variety of civilian jobs while maintaining her role as a traditional guardsman. In 2006 she was hired full-time as a federal technician and has meticulously gaining a reputation as a skilled expert and leader in the field.

In the past 18 months alone, Chief Miller has taken on four unique and diversified assignments around the world. It began with a 6-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she was in charge of the entire stockpile of munitions used for both aircraft and security forces.



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