"Always Ready"
 8th STB COMMAND TEAM

 

 

LTC Samuel R. Miller

         LTC Matthew C. Miller was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1971. He graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood High School in 1989 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed Basic Training and AIT (11C) at Fort Benning, GA, then was sent to Germany as part of an infantry cohort with the 3rd Armored Division. After participating in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he completed his enlistment to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in order pursue a Bachelor in International Relations/Government Politics, as well as a Master in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. LTC Miller returned to active duty in 2001 as an Infantry Officer, and later transferred to Logistics in 2007.

His professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captainís Career Course, Basic and Advanced Military Transition Team Courses, Support Operations Course, AFPAK Hand Advise and Assist Course, language proficiency training for French and Dari, and he attended the US Army Command and General Staff College.

Lieutenant Colonel Millerís previous assignments include duties as the S3 with the Headquarters Command Battalion, Fort Myer, VA; served as an Aide-de-Camp for the NATO Commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina; deployed as the logistics advisor for a Battalion Military Training and Transition (MiTT) team in Mosul, Iraq; completed his Company Command with the 61st Ordnance Brigade at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; served as an AFPAK Hand logistics advisor in Afghanistan from 2011 through 2015; and served on the Joint Staff as a J5 Europe, NATO, Russia (ENR) Plans Officer.

His recent assignments include the 16th Military Police Brigade in Fort Bragg, NC, as the Brigade S4; and he most recently completed his assignment as the Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) J47 Logistics Exercise Planner Branch Chief where his team was responsible for the sustainment planning, coordination and execution of Flintlock, AFRICOM and SOCAFRICAís largest exercise on the continent.

Lieutenant Colonel Millerís military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with ďVĒ device (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 Service Stars), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 1 Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Saudi-Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO Medal w/ Numeral 3, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon w/ Numeral 5, Combat Infantrymanís Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Joint Staff Badge.

Lieutenant Colonel Miller is married to the former Reena Arora from New Delhi, India. Together, they have three children: Angelica (18), Krishan (13), and Maya (9).

 

 

Command Sergeant Major Ryan M. Meurer

          CSM Ryan M. Meurer was born in Joliet, Illinois in 1974. He graduated from Largo Senior High School in 1992 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed Basic Training and AIT (76Y) at Fort Jackson, SC followed by airborne school at Fort Benning, GA. After a brief break in service, CSM Meurer returned to active duty in 1997.

Command Sergeant Major Meurerís previous assignments include both the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg NC; 8TH Military Police Brigade, Yongsan, Korea; and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), Fort Campbell, KY. From 2002 through 2007 CSM Meurer served in a Special Missions Unit followed by service with 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY; 1st Special Warfare Training Group, Fort Bragg, NC; Department of the Army Inspector General Agency (DAIG), Pentagon, Washington D.C; and the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH), HI. He has held numerous leadership and key developmental positions ranging from Squad Leader to G4 Sergeant Major and recently as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
           

Command Sergeant Major Meurerís military training includes all Noncommissioned Officer Education Courses to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academyís Resident Sergeants Major Course (Class 66). In addition he has attended the Basic Airborne Course; Special Operations Enlisted Qualification Course; Battle Staff NCO Course; Special Force Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course ( SERE Level C) ; US Airforce SERE Course (Level C); Sling Load Inspector Certification Course; Blackwater Tactical Shooting Course; Support Operations Course; First Sergeant Course ; Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Course; Special Operations Planning Course, Special Operations Resource Management Course; Special Operations Interagency Collaboration Course; SHARP Course; Inspector General Course; Equal Opportunity Leaders Course; Joint Logistics Course; Master Resiliency Course; Manpower and Force Management Course; Battalion Pre-Command and CSM Development Course; Sustainment Pre-Command Course; Theatre Sustainment Planners Course and a host of other courses.
           

Command Sergeant Major Meurerís major awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with (1OLC); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with (1OLC); the Meritorious Service Medal with (2OLC) the Army Staff Identification Badge; multiple Presidential, Joint Meritorious, Valorous, Meritorious unit citations and Army Superior Unit Awards. CSM Meurer has earned foreign parachutist badges from Australia, Chile, Germany, the Kingdom of Laos, and the United Arab Emirates. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Martin and the Order of Samuel Sharpe. Command Sergeant Major Meurer has written for both the NCO Journal and the publication from one leader to another. CSM Meurer earned a Masterís Degree in Criminal Justice, and he and his wife Melinda have been married for over 22 years. They have three children, Brooke, Jared, and Abigail.