ST. BONAVENTURE - One of the 16 soldiers wounded during the Wednesday attacks on Fort Hood, just outside of Killeen, Texas, was former Allegany resident and St. Bonaventure University graduate, Maj. Patrick Miller. Miller sustained a wound to his abdomen, but is expected to fully recover.
According to reports, Miller underwent surgery Wednesday, and again on Thursday, for his wounds. He is reportedly in intensive care, but, according to an Associated Press report, a doctor who treated the wounded said all those that were wounded are expected to survive.
Miller, a 1999 graduate of Allegany-Limestone School District, showed his leadership early, according to Karen Geelan, district superintendent. Geelan said she was not there when Miller was, but has learned a lot about the young man since yesterday's tragedy.
"He is truly one of those young men that we are proud of," she said. "He showed a lot of leadership at a young age. While he was here, he was a varsity track athlete, being a captain in his senior year, and a varsity football player. He was part of the yearbook, and was on a teacher-selected student leadership group.
"We are very proud of him and are happy to hear he is going to make a full recovery," she continued. "Allegany is a close-knit community. We are all coming together and wishing him the best in this time of recovery. We want to send out all the positive thoughts we can."
Miller is also a 2003 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, majoring in physical education.
"We were obviously stunned and saddened to hear the news about Maj. Miller," said Tom Missel, director of marketing and media relations. "We have asked the campus community to keep Patrick and his family in their thoughts and prayers. We will be offering a special prayer for Patrick at Sunday's Mass in the University Chapel."
Missel said he had conversation with a former professor of Miller's.
"One professor who had him in class several times told me today that Patrick is a great guy, and always very engaged and self-motivated when he had him in class," he said.
Miller joined the Army in 2003 and has served two tours in Iraq. According to his LinkedIn account, Miller served as a medical platoon leader in his first tour. In his second, he served as a Military Transition Team logistics adviser to the Iraqi military. He had been back on Ft. Hood for nine months, serving as brigade comptroller. Prior to that, he served as the chief financial officer of a Medical Department Activity, providing health care and services to 40,000 people in the 10th Mountain Division community.