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Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller retires after 34 years

By J.D. Leipold

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 1, 2006) – After more than 34 years of service, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller retired from the Army in a private ceremony at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes yesterday.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody praised the native-Texan for his determination in handling two of the hardest jobs the Army assigned him.

“Our Army asked him to tackle two of the toughest jobs on the global war on terror, both at the nexus of international law, national policy and military strategy,” Cody said.

In 2002, Miller took command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he ran detention facilities known as Camp X-Ray, Camp Delta and Camp Echo. In 2004, Miller was appointed deputy commanding general for detainee operations for Multi-National Force - Iraq.

Cody presented Miller with the Distinguished Service Medal.
Miller thanked Cody, his family, and the NCOs and officers who helped him “grow” his leadership skills during his 30 assignments.

“The last five years have offered me the opportunity to help this nation win the global war on terror, leading a joint task force in Guantanamo Bay, where great Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and the Coast Guard – and our dedicated civilians – do one of the most difficult missions,” Miller said.

As the commander of Task Force 134, Miller said he served “with a great group of Soldiers willing to do the heavy lifting of detaining suspected insurgents and developing critical intelligence to help win the war.”

Miller began his Army career as a second lieutenant in field artillery at Ohio State University in 1971. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

Miller’s assignments included tours as the assistant chief of staff for United Nations Command and the deputy commanding general for Eighth U.S. Army in Korea. He also served at battalion- and brigade-levels with the 7th Infantry Division and the 101st Air Assault Division.

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