Charles E. Milam

Veterans in Blue 2017

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Charles E. Milam poses with a photo of himself at his house in Waldfischbach-Burgalben, Germany, May 2, 2017. Milam, born in Lakeland, Florida, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1985. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters)

Charles E. Milam was brought up on a large farm in Moultrie, Georgia, and was one of the leading rushers for Moultrie High School’s varsity football team. He held the 100-yard run record for the state for several years. “I planned on going to Florida State University to play football,” Milam said. “But my friend needed a ride to the Air Force recruiter’s office in Albany.” Milam had no idea that just accompanying a friend to the recruiter’s office would result in him joining that very same day. At the start of his Air Force career in 1955, Milam was among the first air policemen to ride the Indian 34 Motorcycle. In 1956 he was selected to provide sideboard security for German Chancellor Konrad J. Audenhauer. Later in his career, Milam was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and meritorious service while supervising 11 Airmen assigned to security for the Presidential Advisor on Vietnam Affairs. Additionally, during his second Vietnam tour he trained Vietnamese guards who provided security for embassy housing. Retiring as a chief master sergeant after serving 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, he served another 10 years in civil service and 20 years with the Non-Appropriated Fund work force. Milam now spends his time golfing, working in his woodshop, and visiting Ramstein Air Base, Germany.