Maj. Gen. Maryanne Miller will assume the leadership of Air Force Reserve Command from Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson during a change of commander ceremony at the Museum of Aviation on July 15.
Miller will become the first female in the history of the Air Force Reserve to be Chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. Before taking command, Miller will be promoted to lieutenant general.
Jackson, who retires from the Air Force after the change of command with more than 38 years of military service, has led the Air Force Reserve since 2012.
Miller joined the Air Force in 1981 and was a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at The Ohio State University. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in numerous aircraft. She currently serves as the deputy to the chief of the Air Force Reserve in Washington D.C. Prior to her current assignment, she commanded two wings and held numerous staff positions at the unit, Air Staff and Joint Staff levels.
Miller is the latest of many women accomplishing major firsts in the United States Air Force in the past few years. In 2012, the Air Force appointed its first female four-star general, Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger. Most recently, Gen. Lori Robinson became the first woman to command Pacific Air Forces in 2014. Robinson followed at United States Northern Command in May, being the first woman to command a major unified combatant command.