Manny Milan graduated from Amsterdam High School in 2002 and joined the U.S. Army in the 11C mortarman Infantry. In 2003 he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom for 10 months.
Upon returning he remained on State active duty at theDepartment of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham. His commitment continued byparticipating in the Asia-Pacific international military exercise,Cobra Gold training, in Thailand.
In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He was promoted to Squad leader in mortar platoon. While in Afghanistan, he was detailed to personal security for the lieutenant colonel.
He earned the Army accommodation medal and combat infantry badge.