Born in Greenville, Florida, in 1943, Charlie Miller entered the Army in 1961, completing Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. His many contributions to the Ordnance Corps began in 1966, when he was assigned to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, to instruct soldiers on receiving, storing, maintaining, and distributing ammunition.
In 1969, he served as a platoon sergeant in the 70th Ordnance Battalion, responsible for maintaining the 5th Infantry Division's basic load of ammunition. During a subsequent assignment in Thailand, he was chosen by the Defense Attaché in Laos to plan a new ammunition supply point at Long Theing and to supervise its stockage.
Returning to the Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School (OMMCS) at Redstone Arsenal in 1975, he prepared the lesson plans for the Ammunition and Stock Control and Accountability Specialist Course. He was then selected to be the senior cadre platoon sergeant and operations and training NCO responsible for the reception and in-processing of officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers reporting to OMMCS for schooling.
Assigned next to Germany, he served, from 1978 to 1982, as first sergeant of the 636th Ordnance Company and, after promotion and attendance at the Sergeants Major Academy, as command sergeant major of the 72nd Ordnance Battalion, units charged with the sensitive mission of storing and maintaining special munitions. In 1987, Command Sergeant Major Miller capped his distinguished career as a trainer and leader by serving as the OMMCS command sergeant major until his retirement in 1991 after thirty years of service.