Col. Shannon T. Miller is a native of Georgia and began her military career as a Chemical Officer graduating in 1992 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia. Her initial tour of duty was with 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she served as the Battalion Chemical Officer, III/V Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer. While serving with this unit, she was selected to attend Flight School in 1994 and upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing School, she officially branch transferred into the Aviation Branch.
Miller’s duty stations, positions and deployments range from Squadron S1 with 1-6th Cavalry Squadron (AH-64) in Korea; Battalion S4 and Company Commander with 2-25th Aviation Regiment in Hawaii; Assault Flight Leader and Eagle Team/Aviation Observer/Controller at NTC at Fort Irwin, California, for over 30 rotations; and Deputy Brigade S3 with the 18th Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2004, she deployed as the Brigade S4 to Operation Iraqi Freedom III and also as the Battalion Executive Officer with 1-159th Aviation Regiment. Upon her return from OIF III, Miller’s unit transformed into the 3-82d General Support Aviation Battalion with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. In 2006-2008, she deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom VIII as the Task Force Executive Officer for 3-82d GSAB.
In 2010, Miller formed and assumed command of the Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) when the unit activated on August 13, 2010. Prior to assuming command, Miller served under the U.S. Army North as the Operations Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV Defense Coordinating Element in Atlanta, Georgia. During this time, she provided defense support to civil authorities and deployed in support of several hurricanes in 2008, the Haiti earthquake disaster in 2010 and various other real world missions. In 2012, Miller was selected to serve as the 3rd Regimental Tactical Officer at the USMA, where she was responsible for the development and mentorship of 1,100 Cadets that enter into the United States military as commissioned officers. Miller graduated from the National War College in June 2015 and received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management.
Miller’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Kuwaiti Defense Service Medal. She has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Honorable Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award.
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