Austin S. Miller
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Austin S. Miller
Miller as a lieutenant general in 2016
|Born||May 15, 1961|
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1983–present|
|Commands held||Resolute 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/wars||Operation Gothic Serpent
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Army 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. 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.
Early life and education
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. 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. Since 2016, he is the commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command. 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, but drew his sidearm during the shooting, waited until the wounded were attended, and flew out with the casualties afterward, which included Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley.
Dates of rank
|Second lieutenant||May 25, 1983|
|First lieutenant||November 24, 1984|
|Captain||May 1, 1987|
|Major||December 1, 1994|
|Lieutenant colonel||June 1, 1999|
|Colonel||May 1, 2004|
|Brigadier general||June 15, 2009|
|Major general||June 15, 2012|
|Lieutenant general||March 17, 2016|
|General||September 2, 2018|
Awards and decorations
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Legion of Merit|
|Bronze Star with "V" device & 2 oak leaf clusters (1 award for Valor)|
|Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters|
|Army Presidential Unit Citation|
|Valorous Unit Award|
|Army Superior Unit Award|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star)|
|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|
|Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4|
|NATO Medal for service with ISAF|
- "Leadership in the Current Operating Environment: JSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Austin Miller – Modern War Institute". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- "Miller Takes Over NATO, U.S. Commands in Afghanistan". Defense.gov. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
- "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy". October 22, 1989. Retrieved October 22, 2018 – via Google Books.
- Gal Perl Finkel, A NEW STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS, The Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2017.
- "New Benning commander named to succeed Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- "This Army general is likely to lead the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command". Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- nytimes.com: Afghanistan Delays Election in Province as Key Security Leader Is Buried
- 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.
- cnn.com (19 October 2018): US commander drew firearm in Kandahar attack
- CNN, Ryan Browne. "US brigadier general wounded Thursday in Afghanistan attack". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
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