Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller is Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. On behalf of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, General Miller leads the development and integration of the Air Force's long-range plans and the five-year, $635 billion U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program, supporting 680,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen to build, sustain and employ effective air, space and cyber forces to achieve national defense objectives.
General Miller was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980, subsequently earning a master's degree as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University. General Miller's operational assignments include expeditionary wing command as the senior Air Force commander in Afghanistan, responsible for Airmen and aircraft conducting joint and coalition reconstruction and combat operations; and command of America's only B-2 wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. He was part of the B-1B initial cadre, commanding at both squadron and group levels during maturation of the B-1's global conventional strike capability.
His staff assignments include two tours at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in international affairs and plans and policy positions; and duty as policy adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. He was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; the Director of Assignments at the Air Force Personnel Center; and Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. The general is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours in B-2, B-1 and T-38 aircraft.
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in international relations and history, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1982 Master of Philosophy degree in international relations, Oxford University, England
1985 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1991 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1996 Air War College, by seminar
1997 College of Security Studies and Defense Economics, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
2003 Senior Executive Program, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
2007 National Security Studies Program, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2010 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo
1. October 1980 - July 1982, graduate student, Oxford University, England
2. August 1982 - July 1983, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. August 1983 - November 1986, T-38 instructor pilot, squadron executive officer, wing assistant executive officer and inspector general, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
4. December 1986 - September 1987, international politico-military affairs officer, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
5. September 1987 - January 1988, B-1B pilot initial qualification training, Dyess AFB, Texas
6. February 1988 - June 1990, B-1B pilot, aircraft commander and flight commander, 28th Bomb Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
7. July 1990 - June 1991, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
8. July 1991 - July 1993, air operations officer and Chief, Concepts Branch, Strategy Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations; later, policy and issues analyst, Secretary of the Air Force Staff Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1993 - December 1996, operations officer and Commander, 37th Bomb Squadron; later, Deputy Commander, 28th Operations Group, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
10. December 1996 - June 1997, Air Force Fellow, College of Security Studies and Defense Economics, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
11. August 1997 - March 2000, policy adviser on Defense Planning, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Brussels, Belgium
12. April 2000 - August 2001, Commander, 7th Operations Group, Dyess AFB, Texas
13. August 2001 - July 2002, Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, N.Y.
14. July 2002 - April 2004, Director of Assignments, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas
15. April 2004 - May 2006, Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
16. May 2006 - May 2007, Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, and Director, Air Component Coordination Element, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
17. May 2007 - August 2009, Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy (J5), North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
18. August 2009 - November 2009, Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. November 2009 - present, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1 August 1997 - March 2000, policy adviser on Defense Planning, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Brussels, Belgium, as a colonel
2. May 2006 - May 2007, Director, CJTF-76 and CJTF-82 Air Component Coordination Element, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as a brigadier general
3. May 2007 - August 2009, Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy (J5), Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a major general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,700
Aircraft flown: B-1, B-2, T-37 and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Combat Readiness Medal
Government of Canada Meritorious Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant May 28, 1982
Captain May 28, 1984
Major Jan. 1, 1990
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1993
Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2005
Major General Nov. 1, 2008
Lieutenant General Nov. 16, 2009
(Current as of February 2013)