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Maj. Gen. Miller assumes Maneuver Center command

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Commanding General Scott Miller walking with outgoing Commanding General H.R. McMaster Commanding General Scott Miller walking with outgoing Commanding General H.R. McMaster
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FORT BENNING, Ga. -

Major General Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning from Major. Gen. H. R. McMaster during a Change of Command ceremony early Friday morning. The ceremony took place on the parade field located behind the National Infantry Museum.

The atmosphere was festive, and filled with fanfare as more than a thousand soldiers, retirees, and people from across the Chattahoochee Valley welcomed Major General Scott Miller to his new position. During a press conference before the ceremony, News 3's Naomi Keitt got the chance to speak with Major General Miller. He talks about his new leadership role that will affect soldiers and their families across Fort Benning.

"I am as excited about this assignment as I have ever been of any assignment I've had in the U.S. Military," said Major General Miller.

A 1983 graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Major General Miller is also a graduate of the Marine Corps University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Strategy. His military schooling includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Miller’s most recent assignment was in Afghanistan, where he served as the commander of the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. .

As he addressed the audience Friday morning, he praised his friend, outgoing Commanding General H.R. McMaster for all his work on the post and vowed to continue his vision.

"McMaster and Miller are like thinkers. We're going to focus on leader development first and foremost because that's important as we move into the future. The future is going to be a complex environment," said Major General McMaster.

In a statement, Fort Benning’s outgoing commanding general, Major General McMaster said:

"The Army could not have picked a better leader to lead Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center. … Scott Miller has the greatest diversity in combat experience of any officer I know and peacetime experience as well. … So he is the most accomplished and talented Soldier I know. He is going to bring Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center to the next level."

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" device, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge with star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge and Ranger tab.

McMaster, who has been selected for promotion to lieutenant general, leaves Fort Benning for Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he will serve as the Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, a part of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. A date for his promotion has not been announced.

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