For most, Monday is a day off from work and school in observance of Memorial Day. However, the true significance of this holiday is to honor and remember fallen men and women in the United States Armed Forces, as well as thank those who continue to serve our country today. One Marine knows this all too well.
Capt. Joseph M. Miley and his wife, Lisa (formerly Lisa Rowland), are both Tifton natives who are currently residing in Forth Worth, Texas. Miley said he's been stationed at the Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas for a year and three months. He's the inspector and instructor officer-in-charge for the reserve Marine Air Traffic Control Detachment, officially titled "Marine Air Control Squadron 24, Air Traffic Control Detachment Alpha.
"My wife is phenomenal and has been on this journey with me from the start (18 years now). I certainly owe her for all my successes, because she's built the solid foundation from which I've been able to do my job," he said in an e-mail interview with The Tifton Gazette. "My son, Jacob, is a big driving force for me to always work hard, challenge myself both physically and mentally and provide a great example for him to emulate."
Miley says he was inspired to be a Marine by hearing stories about their legacy, ferocity and discipline as the world’s finest fighting organization.
"Those who earn the title 'Marine' know what it means to be selfless, have a sense of purpose and grit to push through any obstacle," he said. "Marines have a bond unlike any other organization; no matter the generation of the Marine, past or present, there’s an instant connection and sense of respect. Service before self is the greatest gift one can give their country and it has been a privilege and honor for me to serve my country for more than 18 years. I’ve chosen to give meaning to my life by being part of the Marine Corps, to truly live and not just exist."