WO1 Benjamin W. McMillan is a native of Dacusville, South Carolina. He graduated from nearby Furman University, earning Cum Laude honors with both the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and the Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. Mr. McMillan subsequently earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas. He also attended the University of South Carolina for post-graduate study in music and education. While at USC, Mr. McMillan served as a band graduate assistant and enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a member of the 246th Army Band.
Mr. McMillan attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and he was selected for early completion of Advanced Individual Training at the US Army School of Music at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. His Active Duty enlisted assignments include the Training and Doctrine Command Band, the US Army Europe Band and Chorus, and the US Army Signal Corps Band. Mr. McMillan is a Commandant's List graduate of Warrior Leader Course, an Honor Graduate of Advanced Leader Course, and an Honor Graduate of Warrant Officer Candidate School.
Throughout his military career, WO1 McMillan has enjoyed performing as featured soloist and guest conductor across the United States and Europe to include performing and recording with the International Military Musicians Society. Mr. McMillan is a recipient of the COL Finley Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Mr. McMillan is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and an alumnus of Sigma Pi Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies in Physics, Music, and Academics.
First Sergeant James Freeman attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, where he majored in music education. 1SG Freeman enlisted in the Army as a French Horn player in September 1992 and attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, Virginia.
p>He holds a Master’s of Science in International Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course and the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course.
His previous assignments include the First Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, TX., the United States Army Japan Band, Camp Zama, Japan, the 98th Army Band, Fort Rucker, AL, the First Infantry Division Band, Fort Riley, KS., the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort Bragg, NC., and his current assignment at the 399th Army band in Fort Leonard Wood.
First Sergeant Freeman’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Good Conduct Medal with 2 silver knots, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze star, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal , Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development ribbon with numeral “3” and the Overseas service ribbon with numeral ”3”.