Commander of Troy-Based 42nd Infantry Division Pins on Second Star
FORT DRUM, NY (06/24/2013)(readMedia)-- The commander of the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division became a major general (two-star) during a Fort Drum promotion ceremony on Monday, June 24.
Major General Harry E. Miller, was promoted by Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, at Fort Drum's New York State Armory because the division is attending its annual training there.
Miller was nominated for the two-star position by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 17. As a National Guard general officer Miller holds both state and federal military rank. He could not be promoted as a federally-recognized general officer without state action.
Miller, a two-tour veteran of the War in Iraq, also served as commander of Fort Drum and rear detachment commander of the 10th Mountain Division while the division headquarters was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010/2011.
Miller, a former member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, took command of the 42nd Infantry Division in April of this year.
Miller, a Nashua, New Hampshire resident, is currently employed as the Executive Director of Veteran's Services for Easter Seals New Hampshire/New England. He is married to the former Melissa Kay Cook of Fayetteville, North Carolina. They have three daughters; Courtney (24), Emily (22), and Abbey (19).
Miller also served as Director of Joint Doctrine, Training, and Force Development (J7) for the National Guard Bureau's Joint staff in Arlington, Va., before serving as Garrison Commander and 10th Mountain Division Rear Detachment Commander at Fort Drum.
From March of 2006 to March of 2007 he served as the senior adviser to Iraqi Security Forces on the Iraq/Iran border where he commanded 11-teams of embedded advisers. From October 2007 to July 2008 he served with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP) where he served as the senior special operations adviser to the Corps Commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I).
Miller's military assignments include Active Army service with the 1st Armored Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Special Forces Group.
Miller holds an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Valley Forge Military Junior College in Wayne Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Martin's College in Lacey, Washington, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His military education also includes attendance at the Army Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, and the Army's Strategic Leadership and Development Basic and Intermediate courses.
Miller's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (awarded twice), the Bronze Star (awarded twice), the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Master Parachutists Badge.