Retired July 1, 1981.
Brigadier General Alfred M. Miller Jr. is commander of the General Supply Center, Richmond, Va.
General Miller was born in 1928, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from Wichita Falls Senior High School in 1946 and the University of Texas, Austin, in 1950, majoring in mechanical engineering and playing Longhorn football during the 1947 to 1949 seasons. He has a master's degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., through the Air Force Institute of Technology program. He also has completed Squadron Officer School and the Air War College, where he was a distinguished graduate. Both schools are located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
General Miller was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1951. For the next five years he served as a fighter pilot in South Korea and Germany. While in South Korea he flew 125 combat missions in F-86 Sabrejets and downed two MiG-15s.
He was assigned to the 401st Fighter-Bomber Wing at England Air Force Base, La., in February 1957 and while there flew F-84s and F-100s in firepower demonstrations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and elsewhere throughout the United States.
He was assigned to the Air Force Academy, Colo., in November 1957 as a coach in the department of athletics and later as executive officer for cadet athletics. General Miller was a member of the coaching staff during the first bowl appearance of the Air Force team when the Falcons played in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1959.
From October 1960 to September 1962, General Miller was assigned to Reese Air Force Base, Texas, as an instructor pilot and flight commander flying T-33s. From there he went to The George Washington University and completed his graduate degree in September 1963. He then was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base as a mechanical engineer and then as project manager for Detachment 4, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command.
The general volunteered for duty in the Republic of Vietnam, and in January 1965 he was assigned to the 1st Air Commando Squadron at Bien Hoa Air Base. General Miller flew 144 combat missions in A-1E Skyraiders, a piston-driven, close air support, tactical aircraft. He then became an air operations officer for the 2nd Air Division in Saigon.
One year later he transferred to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he served with the 17th Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Tactical Evaluation Group and also performed flight examiner duties in F-4D's.
General Miller became involved in introducing new fighter aircraft into the U.S. Air Force inventory in August 1969 when he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Requirements and Development Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was project engineer for the A-7 close air support aircraft and the F-15 tactical fighter.
In May 1971 General Miller was assigned to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, as commander of the 559th Flying Training Squadron, and then deputy commander for operations for the 12th Flying Training Wing.
From June 1973 to May 1974, General Miller was a student at the Air War College. He then attended F-4D fighter refresher training at George Air Force Base, Calif., before becoming vice commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, in September 1974. He took command of the wing in November 1974.
The general moved to Clark Air Base, Philippines, in March 1975 as commander of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing. The wing is an F-4 fighter aircraft unit and the host organization at the base, which is the largest Air Force overseas installation.
He became the Pacific Air Forces' inspector general at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in October 1976 and in June 1979 he was named commander of the 25th North American Air Defense Command Region, Aerospace Defense Command Division at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. He assumed his present command in July 1980.
General Miller's military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1977, with date of rank July 24, 1977.