BENEFITING: LT SCOTT F MILLEY RANGER FOUNDATION
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I am running the Boston Marathon this year in honor of my friend, 1st Lt. Scott Francis Milley. I met Scott in 6th grade homeroom and instantly knew he would provide years of laughs and friendship. Scott's infectious smile, spirit and kindness to all were among my favorite of his many great qualities.
Scott was leading a platoon in Afghanistan when his life was taken from him far too soon, but in his 23 years of life he managed to have a profound impact on many people and through his foundation, Lt. Scott F. Milley Ranger Foundation, his legacy lives on. The foundation, which this fundraiser will support, provides scholarships to individuals with need and with a record of service and leadership. The organization also makes contributions to other worthy causes, primarily honoring and supporting the Rangers of the United States Army. Recently, the foundation funded a family's trip to be with their solider family member recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center who otherwise would not have been able to afford the trip. Countless soliders and their families will benefit from the generous acts of Scott's foundation.
After sitting at the finish line of the marathon for past 2 years watching thousands of people complete the marathon, including members of the military whose perserverance reminded me of Scott, I decided this was the year for me to run.
I want to thank the Milley Family for letting me run in honor of Scott, the things they have done and will continue to do in Scott's name are incredible. I am humbled and honored to do this for my friend, classmate and hero.
After graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Scott attended the University of New Hampshire where he played rugby and participated in Army ROTC. In the ROTC program, Scott was recognized by the Department of the Army as a superior cadet and also attended the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA, receiving his Basic Parachutist Badge. Upon graduating in 2009, Scott was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army and designated a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Scott entered active duty in the infantry branch and completed ranger school. He was commissioned to the 2nd Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, where he served as a platoon leader. Scott was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of operation Enduring Freedom.
While conducting combat operations in the Baraki Barak district of Afghanistan, 1LT Scott Francis Milley was killed leading his soldiers when insurgents attacked his unit. He died on November 30, 2010, at the young age of 23. LT Scott Francis Milley was a recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Purple Heart.