Austin S. Miller

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Austin S. Miller
General Austin S. Miller.jpg
General Austin S. Miller in 2018
Born (1961-05-15) May 15, 1961 (age 60)
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
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta
Battles/warsOperation Gothic Serpent Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit

General Austin Scott Miller (born May 15, 1961) is a 4-star general in the United States Army and former Delta Force captain, currently serving as the commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission. He previously served as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command from March 30, 2016 to August 2018.[1] He 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]

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

Military career[edit]

Known for his somewhat unconventional approach, General Miller carries his personal Beretta 92 semi-automatic pistol at all times, and is seen here with his M4 Carbine rifle.

Miller was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1983 after graduation from United States Military Academy at West Point. After completing Ranger School, he was assigned a platoon in 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division. Afterwards, he was a platoon leader with A Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from January 1986 to May 1987.[4] He 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 from April 1991 to April 1992. In 1992, Miller completed a specialized selection course and operator training course for assignment 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, operational support troop commander, selection and training commander, A Squadron commander, as well as deputy commander and unit commanding officer from 2005 to 2007.[5] He participated in numerous combat operations during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom 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. Miller graduated from United States Army Command and General Staff College in June 1997. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps War College, 2003 and Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

General Miller alongside U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Afghanistan, March 2021

As a Colonel, Miller received assignment as Director of the Interagency Task Force, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida from August 2007 to June 2008. He was assigned Deputy Director for Special Operations, J-37, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. till 2009. From September 2011 through August 2012, Miller was special assistant to the Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Arlington, Virginia. He was a 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, he became commanding general of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.[6] From 2016 to 2018, Miller served as the commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command.[7] In 2018, he assumed command of United States Forces — Afghanistan and the Resolute Support mission.

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,[8][9] but drew his sidearm during the shooting, waited until the wounded were attended, and flew out with the casualties afterwards[10] which included Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley.[11]

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[12]
Army-USA-OF-07.svg Major general June 2, 2012[12]
Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant general March 24, 2016[12]
Army-USA-OF-09.svg General September 2, 2018[12]

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
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and oak leaf cluster (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
Army Achievement Medal
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
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 2.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
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 2018-09-03.
  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. ^ "Biographical Data Book, Class 2010-2, 25 Jan – 5 Mar 2010, National Defense University". Archived from the original on 2020-08-06. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "New Benning commander named to succeed Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "This Army general is likely to lead the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command". Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Afghanistan Delays Election in Province as Key Security Leader Is Buried
  9. ^ Salahuddin, Sayed; Constable, Pamela (October 18, 2018). "U.S.I Austin commander in Afghanistan I survives deadly attack at the governor's compound that kills top Afghan police general". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ (19 October 2018): US commander drew firearm in Kandahar attack
  11. ^ Browne, Ryan. "US brigadier general wounded Thursday in Afghanistan attack". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d "General Austin S. Miller (USA)". U.S. Army General Officer Management Office. 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
Military offices
Preceded by
H.R. McMaster
Commanding General, United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Succeeded by
Eric J. Wesley
Preceded by
Raymond A. Thomas
Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
Succeeded by
Scott A. Howell
Preceded by
John W. Nicholson Jr.
Commander, NATO Resolute Support Mission
Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan