Air Force Sustainment Center vice commander promoted to brigadier general
By Greg L. Davis, 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Specialist/Liaison to the Air Force Sustainment Center
/ Published May 23, 2016
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
Col. Tom D. Miller, Air Force Sustainment Center vice commander, was promoted to brigadier general in a formal ceremony May 10 in the Tinker Club ballroom. His effective date of promotion was May 3.
AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II was the presiding officer for the promotion.
General Miller's stars were pinned on him by his wife, Kim Miller, son Joshua Miller, daughter, Ashley Shultz, and son-in-law, 2nd Lt. Jeff Shultz, an Air Force Reserve Command communications officer.
"We often thank military members for their service and recognize them with promotions or medals but the real recognition should go to the families that serve their country in supporting the uniformed member. Kim and I are honored to serve the Air Force as a team," General Miller noted.
"It's young Airmen, NCOs, Senior NCOs, officers, and civil servants at every base we've served at that are what make the Air Force so effective. The technology may capture the headlines but Airpower truly is the power of Airmen."
There is a tradition of service General Miller's family with his father's federal government service for 35 years and his grandfather also serving as an aircraft maintenance officer for 27 years on B-47s and B-58s in Strategic Air Command.
"Serving your country as a civil servant or in the military had great value in my family when I was growing up," the general said.
After pinning on the rank of brigadier general, General Levy re-administered the oath to General Miller and then his personal one-star flag was unfurled. Applause from the audience filled the room as the formal portion of the ceremony ended.
General Miller is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and entered the aircraft maintenance career field in 1991 after completing initial training at Chanute AFB, Ill.
Special guests attending the promotion ceremony were retired Col. Roger Campbell, and wife, Joanna. Colonel Campbell is General Miller's former ROTC detachment commander and long-time friend and mentor.
General Miller's first official act as a general officer was to be the presiding officer for his son-in-law, Lieutenant Shultz, to first lieutenant.