General Miley was born on February 14, 1915 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1940. During a military career spanning over 34 years, he served in Ordnance and Ordnance-related positions of exceptional responsibility.
General Miley had the distinction of being the first Ordnance officer to attain the rank of general. While assigned as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (Programs and Budgets), during the Vietnam buildup, he was directly responsible for the successful establishment of a logistical base in Vietnam.
In November 1970, he was selected as Commanding General, U. S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). His 5-year service as Commander of AMC was characterized by the drawdown in Vietnam and steadily declining resources. Through his innovative managerial techniques and leadership, he established a responsive logistical base for the Army.
The major research and development efforts conducted by AMC during his tenure have covered the spectrum of weapons systems. The tube launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile system (TOW); the advanced attack helicopter; and the SAM-S missile system are among the systems developed. As a result of his foresight and professional acumen, today's Army has an exceptionally efficient logistical base ready to meet the current demands, and is sufficiently flexible to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
He was the first Ordnance officer to attain the rank of 4-star general. General Miley retired in 1975 and served as the President of the American Defense Preparedness Association.