You can’t blame Reed Smith partner Jesse Miller for getting thirsty for a Monster Energy drink at 11:30 a.m. on a workday.

Colonel Miller, as folks in the military refer to him, recently spent more than a year deployed as the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Domestic Support, a combined Army and Air National Guard effort that supported California’s fight against COVID-19 and the wildfires throughout the state. He went on to oversee the military’s support for some of the first mass vaccination sites in the country in Oakland and Los Angeles.