|BRIGADIER GENERAL HORACE W.
Retired Sep. 1,
General Horace W. Miller is commander, Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air
Force, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The general
directs and coordinates Air Force support of the Civil Air Patrol
throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
He also serves as executive director of the Civil Air Patrol
and manages the day-to-day activities of the federally chartered,
benevolent, civilian organization, which is the official auxiliary
of the U.S. Air Force.
The Civil Air Patrol is an
organization of aviation minded patriots who are committed to
serving their fellow citizens through assistance during local and
national emergencies, encouraging the public to learn more about air
and space matters, and motivating young men and women to take
leadership service roles in their community.
was born in 1929, in Quitman, Miss., and graduated from Quitman High
School in 1947. He then attended the University of Southern
Mississippi, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in
physical education. He received a master of science degree in
business administration from The George Washington University in
1964. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1959, Air Command and
Staff College in 1964 and Air War College in 1971. All three schools
are located at Maxwell Air Force Base.
The general was
commissioned through the aviation cadet program and awarded his
navigator wings at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., in 1953. After
completion of combat crew training at Langley Field, Va., he was
assigned to Ellington Air Force Base, Texas, as an instructor
navigator. In 1954 he entered pilot training at Kinston, N.C., and
subsequently was awarded pilot wings at Greenville Air Force Base,
Miss., in 1955. After additional training at Laughlin Air Force
Base, Texas, and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., he was assigned to the
21st Fighter-Bomber Wing, Chambley Air Base, France, flying F-86s.
From 1958 to 1963, he was assigned as a flight instructor at
Craig Air Force Base, Ala. He then attended Air Command and Staff
College and subsequently was assigned as a member of the Air
Training Command standardization and evaluation team at Randolph Air
Force Base, Texas. In 1967 General Miller completed F-4 combat crew
training at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and was assigned to the
366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of
Vietnam. He served as a flight commander and assistant operations
officer, and flew 161 combat missions (100 missions over North
Vietnam). When he returned from the Republic of Vietnam in 1968, he
served as an education staff officer at Air University headquarters,
Maxwell Air Force Base. After two years in this capacity, he
attended the Air War College. General Miller then returned to
Randolph Air Force Base where he directed the Air Training Command
standardization and evaluation team for two years.
general transferred to Webb Air Force Base, Texas, as deputy
commander for operations in 1973. Two years later he was named base
commander at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., and after approximately
one year he took command of the 14th Flying Training Wing at
Columbus. In July 1978 he returned to Headquarters Air Training
Command as assistant deputy chief of staff, operations, and remained
in that position until March 1979 when he become the command's
inspector general. He assumed his present duties in August 1980.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,600 flying hours
logged in jet fighters and trainers. He has 230 combat hours.
General Miller's military decorations and awards include the Silver
Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying
Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal
with 14 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak
leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon
with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service
Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
He was promoted to
brigadier general June 1, 1979, with date of rank May 23, 1979.
(Current as of March