Missouri National Guard Airman dedicates her career to helping others

By 2nd Lt. Adam Miller | July 1, 2020

139th Airlift Wing, Missouri National Guard — ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Maj. Kristie Miller grew up knowing two things - she wanted to join the military and she wanted to have an impact on people’s lives.
Now she is doing both as the chief nurse for the 139th Airlift Wing’s Medical Group Detachment One.

“I have made it my life’s work to help my community and those in need,” said Miller.

She has been an integral member of the Missouri National Guard team mobilized to combat COVID-19. She is currently overseeing COVID-19 testing efforts for citizens across Missouri.

“Everyone we test appreciates the Guard being there and the support we are providing to the state and communities,” Miller said.

While she works to help the community on a daily basis, she also helps train and mentor the Airmen that work with her. While COVID-19 is a new challenge for Missouri, she trained her Airmen to handle any situation as professionals.

“Honest and open conversations help put our Airmen’s minds at ease while they are tackling the unknown right now,” Miller said. “Ensuring they wear proper personal protective equipment and continually wash their hands is key to keeping them and their communities safe.”

Before working fulltime at the 139th AW, Miller was a critical care registered nurse in a St. Joseph hospital intensive care unit where she honed her skills as a nurse and a leader. She also continues her education, and recently earned her Masters of Science in Nursing, as well as her MBA.