BY GAREN VARTANIAN, Updated September 07, 2018 05:34 PM
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE
Gen. Maryanne Miller is certainly no stranger to Scott Air Force Base.
From May 2004 to January 2006, Miller served as the Operations Group commander for the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott. Then, from January 2006 to January 2008, she was the 932nd AW commander. Now, Miller is back, returning to SAFB to serve as the commander of Air Mobility Command.
She assumed command of AMC from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II during a ceremony Friday at Scott. Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony, according to her Air Force bio.
Miller is thrilled about returning to Scott and assuming command of AMC.
“It’s wonderful to come back to Scott. Belle Scott and all the community leaders outside the fence line are amazing. They have supported this base for years. Air Mobility Command is the hub of logistics for our Air Force. (U.S. Transportation Command) is the hub of logistics for our Department of Defense. Being together here at TRANSCOM, in this community, supporting this community, doing the global mission that we do for our warfighters is priceless to be back.”
Prior to the ceremony, Goldfein promoted Miller to the rank of general.
“That’s special for my family. … For me, I’m anxious to get to work,” Miller said.
According to a press release from AMC, Miller more recently served as the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The press release also stated that, in these roles, Miller served as the Secretary of the Air Force’s principal adviser on Reserve matters and had full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.
Moving forward, Miller said the key to AMC’s mission success is the force of Airmen, civilians and contractors.
“We will continue to advance in cyber security, base resilience, and bolster our fleet capabilities to protect and preserve Air Mobility Command’s unparalleled competencies for the warfighter,” Miller said. “The key to all our mission success is our dedicated force of Airmen, civilians and contractors. Developing our Airmen and caring for their families is fundamental. Air Mobility Command Airmen can expect that we will move at the speed of war and be able to create mobility objectives.
“As Airmen, we succeed. As Airmen, we invest in serving this great nation and each other.”
Everhart assumed command of AMC in August 2015. Prior to that, he served as the 18th Air Force commander at Scott beginning in June 2014. Moreover, he leaves a lasting legacy both at Scott and in the Air Force in a career spanning 35 years.
“These last three years have truly been an amazing journey,” said Everhart, who officially retires Nov. 1. “American Airmen are a special breed of people, and I’m proud to call myself an American Airman.”
Additionally, Everhart received the Distinguished Service Medal, but deflected all praise to the Airmen.
“This ceremony is not about me — it’s about you. This medal is a symbol of your hard work,” Everhart said.
Regarding Miller, Everhart said, “Gen. Miller is a true patriot. I’m so proud to pass this guidon on to you. Thank you for your service.”
Goldfein was the ceremony’s first speaker and praised Everhart while also noting Miller was an obvious choice for the position.
“Gen. Everhart has led this team to incredible accomplishments … he was an unrivaled champion for innovation,” Goldfein said. “Maryanne Miller is a leader I admire. She has an impressive resume with numerous accolades. Know you won’t take on this challenge alone. We’ll support you every step of the way.
Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, who assumed command of U.S. Transportation Command on Aug. 24, also offered high marks for both Everhart and Miller.
“These Airmen are the best measure of their commander the last three years You are a great joint warrior and a great Airman,” Lyons said of Everhart. “I want to thank Gen. Goldfein for sending us Gen. Maryanne Miller. She brings the right skills to AMC, and we welcome her back to Scott. Within five minutes of meeting her, I knew she was going to be a great teammate. Maryanne, welcome to TRANSCOM.”
According to the ceremony program, AMC was activated June 1, 1992, with headquarters at Scott, and is one of 10 major commands. As the air component of USTRANSCOM, AMC is comprised of a Total Force effort to execute Rapid Global Mobility and enable Global Reach — the ability to respond anywhere in the world in a matter of hours, as noted in the program.
In this regard, according to a press release issued by AMC, the major command provides flexible airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and air mobility support to meet joint force mission and sustainment requirements.