Maine Army National Guard Member Inspired To Run Again in 2024

SSG Michael Foss (RRNCO) of the Maine Army National Guard participated in the Miles for Mills Memorial Day Weekend Race in 2023 and is excited to come back and run the race again in 2024.

In fact, Foss is featured in the 2024 Miles for Mills poster, running in an Army T-shirt and carrying a rucksack (see right, Fred J. Field photo).

“[The race] is a phenomenal experience and great moment of solidarity. I am running again this year in honor of all service members past, present, and future,” Foss said. “I am also running for my cousin who participated in the Warrior PATHH (Progressive & Alternative Training for Helping Heroes) Program.”

Warrior PATHH is held at 10 locations throughout the country, including at the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat, and is the nation’s first-ever program designed to cultivate and facilitate Post-Traumatic Growth in combat veterans and first responders. The program enables participants to transform times of deep struggle into profound strength and growth.

The program reminds Foss of a quote from former U.S. Representative Jeff Miller: “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”

“PATHH gave my cousin purpose,” Foss said. “For that I am grateful.”

During last year’s race, contained in Foss’s rucksack was a 45-pound plate.

“The average ruck can weigh anywhere from 35-75 pounds of gear and equipment,” he said, adding that the inspiration of the rucksack was to add weight and challenge to the 5K. 

“The challenge was to symbolize the struggles veterans can endure but continue to move forward,” Foss added.

Foss reminds that Selfless Service is an Army Value. 

“Growing up in this community has made me feel the calling to join something bigger than myself,” he said. 

To support the community, the Maine Army National Guard Augusta Recruiting Station will be in attendance at Miles for Mills 2024.

“I look forward to another great event for a great cause,” he added. “ Run, Remember.”

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