is the JAG Office of the USAF at Los Angeles. The location where
Miller is assigned varies. After law school at Fordham University,
Miller was assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base, home of the "Mighty
Eighth" Air Force of World War II fame and the Second Bomb
Wing. From there he was relocated to Los Angeles AFB, where
a large contingent of military and civilian personnel are responsible
for the Air Force's space and missile development. In between
came a deployment to Saudi Arabia, where Miller rang in the year
Miller applied for admission to Moravian, he had no plans to practice
law or to join the military. "Honestly, I had gone to college
more for a social experience than an educational one, and that was
apparent in my grades the first two years," Miller admitted. Those
first two years weren't totally without direction. Miller enrolled
in what was the last graduating class of Lehigh University's Air
introduction to ROTC was "really random." "My brother
David was a senior at Lafayette," Miller explained. "It
was easier for both us to drive from New York to the Lehigh Valley
stayed with his brother until Moravian's move-in day and used any
excuse to get out of the cramped apartment. He even tagged along
to his brother's ROTC exercises at Lehigh. "I guess they assumed
I wanted to be a cadet," Miller said. He was invited to go
along on all of the incentive trips. "I remember rappelling
and watching A-10's do practice bombing runs," he said. "By
the time I was allowed to move into my room at Moravian, I was hooked."
learned that after his graduation from Moravian he would serve the
Air Force as a missile officer. "Those are the guys manning
our missile sites up in the remote areas of the country, like Wyoming
and Nebraska," he said. "My brother was already on active
duty as a missile officer, and he knew I wouldn't like sitting 50
feet underground in the middle of nowhere." Miller opted
for the Air Force's educational delay program that allows students
to postpone their commissioning to pursue a professional degree.
Unfortunately, by the time he made that decision, it was too late
to become a doctor or an engineer.
that time, Miller's sister Jeannine was in her first year of law
school at the University of Virginia. Miller found himself interested
in what she was learning. "I took the LSAT," he said.
Following the advice of history professor Janet Loengard, Miller
entered the law school of Fordham University. "Dr. Loengard
knew that I would likely want to practice in New York," Miller
said, adding that his three-year program at Fordham was a "significantly
passing the New York and New Jersey bar exams, Miller ended up in
Shreveport, Louisiana, as a JAG officer. "At first it seemed
cruel and unusual that the Air Force would take a single New Yorker
in his mid-twenties, who had just spent roughly four years living
in New York City, and send him to Shreveport," Miller remarked.
"But at some point I stopped and realized that Service before
Self meant putting the Air Force's needs before my own."