New Benning commander named to succeed Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster

Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller has been tapped as the new commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and will succeed Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster Jr. once he is reassigned later this year.

Gary A. Jones, director of public affairs at the post, confirmed Tuesday that Miller will assume command at Fort Benning sometime during the summer. No official date on change of command has been released.

“I think it will be in the June time frame, but we do not know for sure yet,” Jones said.

Last week, McMaster received an appointment to get his third star and was reassigned to become deputy commanding general, futures/director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Fort Eustis, Va.

McMaster, 51, has been commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence since June 2012. He assumed command from then-Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, who was promoted to lieutenant general and reassigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

In McMaster’s new job at TRADOC, he will oversee training at 32 Army schools, including the Armor and Infantry schools at Fort Benning.

Since June 2013, Miller has been commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan.

Much of Miller’s career over the last seven years has been spent in Special Operations. He has held the position of commander, director or deputy director in assignments at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida and other locations in the United States. During his career, he been deployed multiple times to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Miller was promoted to major general in June 2012, five years after receiving his first star in June 2009.

Some of his awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, two Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Defense Superior Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and many others.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a master’s degree in strategy from the Marine Corps University. Other military schools he attended include the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Marine Corps War College.