SEAN T. MACMILLEN
Sean MacMillen was born in Lock Haven, PA and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant as a Medical Service Corps Officer from Lock Haven University in May 1996. In March 1997, Mr. MacMillen branch transferred to the Infantry.
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUATION: Mr. MacMillen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Lock Haven University in 1996. He also holds a Masters in Military History from Louisiana State University. In May 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science (Community Health) from LHU. In May 2015, Mr. MacMillen earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Veterans Track) from LHU. His military education includes Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, and Ranger School.
ASSIGNMENT HIGHLIGHTS: Mr. MacMillen served as the platoon leader for three different platoons while assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry as part of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, NY. While assigned to 4-31, Mr. MacMillen deployed to Camp Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Forge. After attending the Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Mr. MacMillen served as the Assistant S-3 for the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Richardson, AK. In July 2001, Mr. MacMillen took command of Apache Company, 1-501 PIR. After leaving command, Mr. MacMillen served as a platoon observer controller and then as a battalion staff observer controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA. During his time at the JRTC, he deployed to Afghanistan and was attached to the 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Mr. MacMillen then served as the Deputy Brigade S-3 for the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. In February 2006, he deployed to Afghanistan and served as a maneuver planner, night battle major, and TAC battle major for Combined Joint Task Force-76. During this time, he deployed to Pakistan for Inspired Gambit, a trilateral training exercise between the US Army, the Pakistani Army, and Afghan National Army. He redeployed to Fort Polk, LA in August 2006 to become the S-3 for 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry. In November 2006, Mr. MacMillen deployed to FOB Ghazni, Afghanistan with 2-30 and remained there until March 2007. In April 2007, Mr. MacMillen became the Executive Officer for 2-30. Mr. MacMillen then left Active duty in July 2008.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Mr. MacMillen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with OLC, Meritorious Service Medal with OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLCs, Army Achievement Medal with 2 OLCs, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the coveted Ranger Tab.
POST SERVICE: Mr. MacMillen admits he struggled after leaving the service with reintegration. He did not realize the toll multiple deployments took on his mental health and his life spiraled downhill fast due to PTSD and self-medication with alcohol. He eventually went on to complete substance abuse treatment and spent three months at the inpatient PTSD program at the Coatesville VAMC. In April 2013, he discovered Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB). Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veteran by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activity. He became the first Chapter Captain of Team RWB Lock Haven-Williamsport building a successful chapter. Sean is also an ambassador for Runwell. Runwell is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to replacing addiction with healthy lifestyles. Sean is also a member of The Herren Project Ultramarathon Team. The Herren Project provides assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow. These organizations helped Mr. MacMillen turn his life around. He is not afraid to admit that both his physical and mental health went downhill quickly after service. At one point, he weighed 240 pounds (a far cry from the 165 pounds he left the service at). Since becoming involved with positive organizations and trail running, he has lost over 80 pounds. In April 2012, he ran his first 5K after leaving service. Since then he has run several Tough Mudders and Spartan Races. Central PA is home to some of the best trail running in the country which allows him to run an average of six 25k’s a year. Over the last 2 years, he has run 10 ultramarathons. Last year, he ran the Grand Canyon Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim with a friend carrying Old Glory on Memorial Day to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in arms. In May this year, he ran 46.5 miles in 12 hours to raise funds for the local treatment court. He is currently training for his first 100 mile race this fall. On 30 May 2016, Sean celebrated 5 years of sobriety.
Mr. Sean MacMillen currently resides in Lock Haven, PA with his fiancée Elisa and her three children. He has also has a son Thomas who just graduated from high school and will start college this fall at the Community College of Beaver County. Mr. MacMillen is currently employed as a Veteran Service Officer at the VFW Benefits Center in Lock Haven. He is also a psychotherapist at Keystone Counseling and Evaluation Services. Later this summer he will start working fulltime as a psychotherapist at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport.