42ID Commander - Major General Harry E. Miller Jr. - 42d Infantry Division (NY) Commanding GeneralMajor General Harry E. Miller currently serves as the Commanding General, 42d Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. Previously he served as the Senior Commander of Fort Drum New York. His first General Officer assignment was as the Director of Joint Doctrine, Training, and Force Development (J7) for the National Guard Bureau’s Joint staff in Arlington, VA. General Miller has served two combat tours in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 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).

General Miller was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Valley Forge Military Junior College in 1978 with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. In 1980 he graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics. He later earned a Masters in Business Administration degree from Saint Martin’s College in 1992 and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2005.

General Miller received his commission through ROTC in 1980 and immediately entered active duty. After completion of the Officer Basic Course, Airborne, and Ranger schools, he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division, Federal Republic of Germany from 1981-1984. There he served as a Platoon Leader, Maintenance Officer, and Company Executive Officer. After graduating from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, General Miller was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1984-1987. There he served as a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion Personnel Officer/Adjutant. In 1988 he graduated from the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course and served with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Washington from 1988-1992. There he served as an Operational Detachment-Alpha Commander, a Battalion Plans Officer, Company Commander and Executive Officer with an area orientation of Southeast Asia.

After leaving active duty, General Miller joined the New Hampshire National Guard in 1995 where he has served in numerous command and staff positions. Most notably as the State Marksmanship Competitive Events Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Chief of the Training Division (G3), Battalion Commander, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (G1), and Director of Operations on the Joint staff (J3).

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with M Device and Silver Hourglass, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, the Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Master Parachutist Badge. His foreign awards and decorations include the Royal Thai Airborne Wings and the Ukrainian Badge of Honor.

Major General Miller is currently employed as the Executive Director of Veteran’s Services for Easter Seals New Hampshire/New England.

General Miller is married to the former Melissa Kay Cook of Fayetteville, North Carolina. They have three daughters; Courtney (24), Emily (22), and Abbey (19). They currently reside in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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