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JB Charleston hygienist named 2016 Dental Civilian of the Year

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  • By Bill Harrison
  • AFPC Talent Acquisition Division
Patrick Miller, a registered dental hygienist at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, was recently named the Air Force’s 2016 Dental Civilian of the Year.


Each year, the award recognizes a government service employee for outstanding individual performance and achievement in the Air Force Dental Corps.


“As a civilian, I take great pride in the contributions I make to the Air Force mission and to our military members regarding dental readiness,” Miller said. “I enjoy the challenging and rewarding work as well as the personal and professional opportunities the civilian service provides.”


Miller directs an eight-chair clinic at Charleston where he and his preventive dental team of enlisted Airmen and contractors manage care for 3,600 patients. Miller earned an outstanding rating on his 2016 performance evaluation after receiving accolades from 56 patients and being named to the Customer Service Honor Roll by the group commander.


Miller was also recognized for his community service contributions. Last year, in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, he organized six events that helped increase the dental health knowledge of more than 340 youths. He also initiated the first-ever Give Kids a Smile outreach program at Charleston, providing more than $7,000 of free dental care services to 32 Air Force family members.


Miller, a retired Air Force master sergeant, is one of about 180,000 civilians who make up the Air Force Civilian Service. The Air Force employs about 70 civilian dental hygienists who work alongside military personnel at more than 80 installations worldwide. To learn more about Air Force civilian careers, go to


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