By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BEAVERCREEK — The Veteran’s Memorial Park sparkled with pride and patriotism during this years’ Veteran’s Day ceremony on Fairfield Road.
Beavercreek invited Col. Matthew T. Muha as guest speaker, Military Deputy Director of the Tanker Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, WPAFB.
After the welcome and opening remarks from Mayor Bob Stone, the American Legion Post #763 posting of the colors and PEACH (Parents Educating at Christian Homes) homeschool students reciting the pledge of allegiance, Col. Muha spoke about his adventures through the United States military and journey through the US Air Force.
Muha is a native of Ohio, born in Cleveland. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1988 and served as a Chaplains Assistant for four years before receiving his commission at the University of Dayton in 1996. Shortly after, he was transferred to Randolph AFB in Texas for undergraduate navigator training.
He was stationed in Texas through 2001 until he was stationed in Mansfield Air National Guard Base as a mobility navigator in the 164th Airlift Squadron. In 2013, he served time as a Commander with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron in Mississippi. He made his way home in July of 2016 at WPAFB as a Tanker Directorate.
Beavercreek’s own, Joe Radin- or otherwise known as the “flagman” was present handing out his shadowboxes flags to all the veterans that attended the event. It’s Radin’s way of showing respect and gratitude to everyone that serviced in the military- no matter the branch or duty. To Radin, every position is just as important as the next. By working together, it helps create unity.
Muha has also deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and flown humanitarian missions for Expeditionary Task Force-Katrina and Operation Unified Response in support of Haitian earthquake relief. He has received many major awards and decoration medals included Combat Readiness Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait, and much more.
Other participants to the event included the Wright Bass, Senior Pastor Paul Norton of Faith Baptist Church, VFW Post #8312, and the Boy Scout Troop #71.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.