Meet Our Staff
Matt HughsProgram Manager for U.S. and South American Operations
Matt Hughs is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with 23 years of active Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) background. He served in numerous EOD positions and concluded his career while leading the Army Training Detachment at the Joint Service EOD School at Eglin AFB, Florida. Matt is a Master EOD Technician and certified Army Training Instructor with countless hours of additional instructor training and course development subjects. Retiring in 2006, Matt has worked in the UXO field as a Senior Project Manager, Program Manager, and Director of Operations and is currently the Program Manager for U.S. Operations. He is additionally responsible for RELYANT Global's Educational Programs division which encompasses the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program. Matt offers his UXO expertise as an instructor in a supporting role for the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program. His 30+ years of experience has directly impacted the UXO course; transitioning the course to digital media format - Apple iPads, procurement of additional training aids, and the establishment of the off-site Greenback, Tennessee, training facility that represents a real-world UXO project site. His students have commended him each and every class "as an instructor that goes above and beyond and ensures that his students are fully qualified and ready to enter the UXO industry."
Ken MillerUT-RELYANT UXO Training Program Primary Instructor
Ken Miller is a retired U.S. Army veteran with over 20 years of active Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experience. He served in numerous EOD operational, evaluation, and training units including tours of duty with Central Identification Laboratory HI, Joint Task Force POW/MIA Full Accountability Recovery Program, Asian Theater.
Miller is a Master EOD Technician and certified Army Senior Instructor with over 10 years of instructor/trainer and curriculum development experience. Retiring from the Army in 2008, he continued to teach in various divisions at The Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal. His roles included curriculum oversite and officer in charge of various divisions.
Since 2014, he has continued to work in the EOD community by working closely with military and civilian bomb squads in support of their training departments. He was hired by RELYANT Global in 2018 to serve as the primary instructor of the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program.
Kevin MicknaUT-RELYANT UXO Program Associate Instructor
Kevin Mickna is a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 29 years of service. A 1973 graduate of the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition and Sea Air Land (SEAL) training, he served his early tours of duty with Underwater Demolition Team 21, SEAL Team 2, Harbor Clearance and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. He graduated from the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal in 1991 and served 12 years with various Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal operational and training units until retirement in 2003.
In 2009, he completed certification as a High Risk Training Instructor at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal where he instructed in the school's Tools and Methods Division until transferring to the school's Demolition Division in 2016. He was contracted by RELYANT Global in 2017 to serve as the UT-RELYANT UXO Program's secondary instructor.