Butler County Times Gazette
  • World traveling pilot has Augusta roots

  • Miller has flown around the world and back since he first gained an interest in flying during a lunchtime class at Augusta High School
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  • Greg Miller graduated from Augusta High School in 1969. Since then, he has gone a lot of places and done a lot of things.
    Each of those memories returns when he sees the colored pins in his 3x5 map of the world.
    “Sometimes, I just look at that map and remember all of the places I have been,” Miller said.
    Miller has flown around the world and back since he first gained an interest in flying during a lunchtime class at the high school. AHS students learned ground school material over their lunch periods.
    From there, Miller went to Wichita State University where he was involved in ROTC. He joined the Air Force out of WSU and became a C-141 pilot and flew international missions for about 5 years.
    From there, he made several stops as a pilot in the Air Force until he became a trainer.
    But he didn’t stay a trainer. Before long, he was an Advance Agent for Presidential Flight Support. Basically, Miller would fly into airports the President planned to visit and plan out the logistics and potential security problems.
    He also had the pleasure of flying all the way around the world a few times and flew directly over the North Pole at night.
    “It was really dark,” he said.
    Miller soon started flying congressional delegations and other officials, including flying Vice President Al Gore into Tulsa and Wichita. He also got to fly Jean-Bertrand Aristide back into Haiti in 1994 after his time in exile after a coup.
    “We knew there were threats against him,” Miller said. “But I never had the ‘holes in the airplane’ experience.”
    He retired from the Air Force in 1995
    But leaving the Air Force behind didn’t mean keeping his feet on the ground.
    Miller became a pilot for Southwest Airlines where he still flies today.
    “Now that Southwest is coming into Wichita soon, I hope to finagle my way into being the first southwest pilot to fly in there,” Miller said.
    Miller will have to retire as a pilot at the age of 65. That final flight is close enough that it has Miller thinking about his future after flying.
    “I am starting to think about how I can give back,” Miller said. “I want to help other people gain an interest in flying like I did.”
    Miller got back to Augusta in October for his father’s funeral. He said it was good to visit even though things didn’t look exactly like he remembered them.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I miss Augusta and I wish all my friends there the best,” he said.
     
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