General Scott Miller, Commander, Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan

General Scott Miller

Commander, Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan

Austin Scott Miller was born in May 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army.

After completing Ranger School, he was assigned to the 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Infantry Officer Advanced Course and was assigned to South Korea as a company commander. Later, he was an instructor at the Special Operations Division School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. He held various commands as he participated in Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a ground force commander during the Battle of Mogadishu.

He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Marine Corps War College and Joint Combined Warfighting School.

He was Director of the Interagency Task Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, before being assigned Deputy Director for Special Operations for the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He commanded the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan, then served as commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2018, Miller assumed command of United States Forces-Afghanistan and the Resolute Support Mission.

In the News…

America’s general in charge of pulling troops from Afghanistan believes the security situation in the country is “not good” as American service members leave Afghan forces to fight the Taliban alone.

“I think that you’re seeing, just if you look at the security situation, it’s not good,” General Scott Miller said. “The Afghans have recognized it’s not good. The Taliban are on the move.”

The Taliban have quickly taken control of dozens of districts since U.S. forces began leaving in April. They have created conditions that “won’t look good for Afghanistan in the future if there is a push for a military takeover,” General Miller said.

He said the country could slide into a chaotic civil war and face “very hard times” unless its fractious civilian leadership unites and the haphazard array of armed groups joining the anti-Taliban fight are controlled and made accountable for their actions in battle.


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