Major General Lloyd "Milo" Miles (U.S. Army, Ret.), who spent more than 32 years on active duty in a decorated military career that included leadership positions involving education, training, combat readiness, and leader development of U.S. troops, has been named senior vice president of Global Military Operations at University of Maryland Global Campus. He will assume oversight of all UMGC military and veteran operations and partnerships around the world when he joins the university on January 12, 2015.
"General Miles has a distinguished record of leadership and results that make him uniquely qualified to guide and strengthen UMGC's historic relationship with the military," said President Javier Miyares. "He has a deep pride in and understanding of the experiences of our armed forces as well as of the important role education plays in preparing service members for success during and after their military careers. We are honored to have him join UMGC."
Gen. Miles will lead a key function within UMGC, as more than half of the university's approximately 84,000 students are active-duty military personnel and their families and dependents, reservists, members of the National Guard, and veterans. UMGC, which has provided higher education to the military in Europe since 1949, won a 10-year contract in July 2013 to continue its offerings in Europe and has now submitted a bid to continue offering classes in Asia.
"It is a privilege to join an institution with such a long and dedicated history of educating members of our military and their families," said Gen. Miles. "UMGC has been a leader in meeting the needs of adult learners who are often juggling work and families—military personnel certainly fit this description—and I hope my experience and background can play a significant role in building on that great tradition."
In his last duty assignment, Gen. Miles served as senior commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest military organizations in the country, with 40,000 soldiers and airmen and 15,000 government civilians and contractors. His principal duties included the training and readiness of 10 army brigades for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gen. Miles also supervised the multiyear reorganization of the installation into a joint base that was widely regarded as the most successful of the congressionally mandated installation mergers in the Department of Defense.
Prior to his assignment at Lewis-McChord, Gen. Miles served as commanding general of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission in Baghdad. He advised the Iraqi minister of defense and senior leaders of the Iraqi Joint Staff and developed the training centers and military schools to support the Iraqi Army.
As the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Infantry School and Center, Gen. Miles was responsible for the daily operations of an organization with more than 10,000 employees supporting the education, training, and leadership development of approximately 100,000 students each year.
He successfully merged and transformed the Armor School in Kentucky and the Infantry School in Georgia into the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia.
In his distinguished military career, Gen. Miles commanded at every level from captain to major general. He served as a company commander for one of the earliest peacekeeping missions to the Sinai; he commanded a battalion task force on a peace enforcement mission in Kosovo; and he commanded a brigade combat team in combat operations in Iraq.
Gen. Miles was commissioned in 1980, after graduating with a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. His military education also includes Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, and Air Assault Schools, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses and Command and General Staff College and Joint Staff Officer courses.
Gen. Miles retired from active duty in October 2012.