Austin S. Miller

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Austin S. Miller
LTG Austin Miller Official DA Photo.jpg
Miller as a lieutenant general in 2016
Born (1961-05-15) May 15, 1961 (age 58)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1983–present
Commands heldResolute Support Mission, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
Joint Special Operations Command
United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan
Battles/warsOperation Gothic Serpent Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (5)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Purple Heart (2)

Austin Scott Miller (born May 15, 1961) is a United States Army general who currently serves as the commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan. He previously served as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command from March 30, 2016 to August 2018.[1] He has participated in numerous combat operations, such as the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, and, since 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He assumed his current assignment on September 2, 2018.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 15, 1961,[3] Miller graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army.

Military career[edit]

After completing Ranger School, Miller was assigned a platoon in 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division. Afterwards he was a platoon leader with A Company, 2nd Battalion (Ranger), 75th Ranger Regiment from January 1986 to May 1987.[4] Miller completed Infantry Officer Advanced Course in June 1989 and was assigned to South Korea as a Company Commander with 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry (Mechanized), 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army. Later he was an instructor at the Special Operations Division School of the Americas at Fort Benning Georgia. In 1992, Miller completed the Delta selection course and was assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta (1st SFOD-D), or Delta Force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he held numerous leadership positions including squadron operations officer, troop commander, selection and training commander, A Squadron commander, as well as deputy commander and commanding officer from 2005 to 2007. Miller participated in numerous combat operations during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 1993, Miller was the ground force commander during the Battle of Mogadishu while Lieutenant Colonel Gary L. Harrell held operational command of C Squadron, 1st SFOD-D.

From 2008 to 2009, Miller was assigned Deputy Director for Special Operations, J-37, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. From September 2011 through August 2012, he was special assistant to the Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Arlington, Virginia. He later was special assistant to the deputy commanding general, United States Special Operations Command in Washington D.C. from August 2012 through June 2013. From June 2013 to June 2014, Miller was commanding general of the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan, or CFSOCC-A, responsible for employment and coordination of special operations forces and assets to achieve NATO and US military objectives. In 2014, Miller became commanding general of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.[5] Since 2016, he is the commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command.[6] He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the United States Marine Corps War College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

On October 18, 2018, Miller was in the room at the governor's compound in southern Kandahar when a Taliban gunman shot Abdul Raziq. Miller was not harmed,[7][8] but drew his sidearm during the shooting, waited until the wounded were attended, and flew out with the casualties afterward,[9] which included Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley.[10]

Dates of rank[edit]

Rank Date
US Army O1 shoulderboard rotated.svg Second lieutenant May 25, 1983
US Army O2 shoulderboard rotated.svg First lieutenant November 24, 1984
US Army O3 shoulderboard rotated.svg Captain May 1, 1987
US Army O4 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major December 1, 1994
US Army O5 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant colonel June 1, 1999
US Army O6 shoulderboard rotated.svg Colonel May 1, 2004
Army-USA-OF-06.svg Brigadier general June 15, 2009
Army-USA-OF-07.svg Major general June 15, 2012
Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant general March 17, 2016
Army-USA-OF-09.svg General September 2, 2018

Awards and decorations[edit]

CIB2.svg Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
USAF - Occupational Badge - High Altitude Low Opening.svg Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
USAE Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan SSI 2013-04-30.png Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan Combat Service Identification Badge
325InfRegtDUI.png 325th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 13 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star with "V" device & 2 oak leaf clusters (1 award for Valor)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Valorous Unit Award
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg Army Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star)
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Iraq Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for service with ISAF


  1. ^ "Leadership in the Current Operating Environment: JSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Austin Miller – Modern War Institute". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Miller Takes Over NATO, U.S. Commands in Afghanistan". September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy". October 22, 1989. Retrieved October 22, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, A NEW STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS, The Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "New Benning commander named to succeed Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "This Army general is likely to lead the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command". Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Afghanistan Delays Election in Province as Key Security Leader Is Buried
  8. ^ Salahuddin, Sayed; Constable, Pamela (October 18, 2018). "U.S. commander in Afghanistan survives deadly attack at governor's compound that kills top Afghan police general". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ (19 October 2018): US commander drew firearm in Kandahar attack
  10. ^ CNN, Ryan Browne. "US brigadier general wounded Thursday in Afghanistan attack". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Raymond A. Thomas
Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
Succeeded by
Scott A. Howell