General Miller talks about the lessons he’s learned over the past 38 years of service. He discusses crucible moments that shaped him, including a firefight in Mogadishu in October 1993 where he served as the assault force commander. He also shares how these crucible moments have influenced him as the current commander of forces in Afghanistan and for his latest undertaking, preparing to fully withdraw US and Coalition Forces from Afghanistan after an almost two-decade long campaign. Finally, General Miller discusses the important role reading and fitness have played in making him a better leader.
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About General Miller
General Austin Scott Miller assumed duties as the commander of the Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces−Afghanistan September 2, 2018.
United States Army General Austin Scott Miller, NATO-led Resolute Support mission and United States Forces-Afghanistan commander, most recently commanded the Joint Special Operations, Command where he was responsible for global special operations in support of U.S. national defense.
General Miller has extensive experience in counterterrorism operations alongside NATO and regional partners.
As a senior military officer, he led the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, where he modernized training for all U.S. Army Infantry and Armor Soldiers. A career special operations officer, General Miller has commanded U.S. combat formations at every level.
General Miller was among the first American Soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and later helped create and lead the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Center as a senior leader on the U.S. Joint Staff. Since 2013, General Miller commanded special operations units in Afghanistan, including the NATO Special Operations Command, the Special Operations Joint Task Force and Combined Forces Special Operations Command.
His awards and decorations are illustrative of his combat experience. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for Valor and the Combat Infantryman Badge with Star.