Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CSM (Retired) GEORGE MILLER, 1955-2012

I became aware of George's passing yesterday afternoon from one of the members of Team STORMBRINGER.

George died from complications following an aneurism in the brain.

He will be buried in Arlington - I intend to be there.

I knew George Miller when I was in 3d SFG. His wife works at Headquarters, United States Army Special Operations Command (USASCO), across the street from 3d Group HQ. She was like a Den Mother to us guys; she often wore the sweatshirt from the last ODA George served on - ODA 325 (Combat Diver). I served on the same ODA.

I worked with George after his retirement when he was Security Manager at the Special Warfare Center. After I retired, George helped with references that led directly to the position I hold today in the security profession. Last time I saw him was this past August (2011) at Camp Mackall, NC. Everybody who knew George Miller remarks on the value the advice and guidance that came out of his incredible anecdotes.

George was of the Jewish faith, with family connects in Israel. Few people are aware that as a young Staff Sergeant in 1982-1983, George was seconded to the IDF. He wore an IDF uniform and rolled into Lebanon in an IDF armored personnel carrier. A true Unconventional Warrior, George had many more adventures "off the beaten path."

George Miller was a good man and an honorable Special Forces soldier, a credit to the Regiment and to the United States of America.

He will be missed - S.L.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. George E. Miller - 1955-2012
The Independent

Retired Command Sergeant Major George E. Miller departed this life on March 11, 2012, in Duke University Hospital in Raleigh.

Miller was born in Ashland on May 10, 1955, and was a 1973 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School.

CSM Miller joined the Army in July 1973 and joined the Special Forces in 1977. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1978 and was first assigned to C Co, 1st BN, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) until 1983. Miller was next assigned to A Co 1st BN, 10th SFG (AB) in Bad Tolz, Germany, from 1983 to 1985.

In 1985, Miller was assigned to Key West at Warfare Center Scuba School. In 1987, Miller returned to Fort Bragg as instructor with the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course. In 1990, he returned to A Co, 1st BN, 10th SFG in Bad Tolz, Germany, as Team Sergeant until 1992.

In 1992, Miller returned to Fort Bragg as a member of 3rd SFG. His assignments include: Team Sergeant on SFOD-A 325; First Sergeant of Group Support Company, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); Company Sergeant Major, Co B, 1st BN, 3rd Special Forces Group, (Airborne); Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, 2nd BN, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); and Group Operations Sergeant Major for 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Miller’s combat assignments include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Uphold Democracy. In October 2000, Miller was assigned to 1st BN, 7th SFG, where he served as command sergeant major until he retired on June 1, 2004.

Miller’s awards and schools include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Services Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Special Forces Tab and the Combat Diver Badge. His foreign awards include Belgian, Brazilian, Jordanian, German, Greek, Honduran, Tunisian and Israeli Paratrooper Wings. Schools include Special Forces Medical, Combat Diver, Dive Supervisor and Dive Medic’s courses; the Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Special Forces Target Interdiction Course and Jumpmaster.

Miller is survived by his wife, Karen E. Martin Miller of Tampa, Fla.; his mother, Sarah Hall Miller of Ashland; two sisters, Judy Miller Sherrill and Tammy Miller McVey, both of Richmond; a son, George Miller III; a grandson; three nephews; four nieces; five great-nieces; and two great-nephews. CSM Miller was preceded in death by his father, George E. Miller, and a sister, Gail Miller Fultz.

1 comment:

  1. Hello... I knew George while stationed in Bad Toelz. I was surprised to hear of his passing...