Colonel, Mrs. Millar honored for
contributions to U.S. Army
Story by Diane R. Walker, Combined Arms Center-Training; U.S. Army photo
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS – Colonel John Paul “Jack” Millar and his wife, Michele, share a love for the U.S. Army – and earlier this month both received top national awards to recognize their individual efforts to help and support the military.
During his April 9 retirement ceremony, Colonel Millar was honored for 30 years of service with the Army, most recently as Director of the Combined Arms Center-Training’s National Simulation Center at Fort Leavenworth. Colonel(P) Paul E. Funk II, CAC-T Deputy Commanding General, called Colonel Millar the “father” of Army Gaming. Colonel Millar justified the plan, set up the contract and worked with users to jump-start Army efforts to use virtual games and simulations to help train Soldiers and units.
In appreciation for his work with the National Simulation Center and throughout his military career, Colonel Millar was awarded the Legion of Merit military decoration. The Legion of Merit is the fourth highest honor for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and recognizes exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Following a 1980 start with the Colorado Army National Guard, Colonel Millar held a variety of Field Artillery, Cavalry, Simulation and Command and General Staff College positions. He served in Greece and Germany, as well as at Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and Fort Leavenworth.
As part of her husband’s retirement celebration, Mrs. Millar was honored with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, which is the Department of the Army’s third highest for a civilian. Over the past 19 years, Mrs. Millar has played an active role in military and military family support, including serving as an officer in the Officer Wives Club and leadership and volunteer efforts with the Army Red Cross, Army Community Service, Cub Scouts, Friends of the Frontier Army Museum and various other military and community organizations.
Based at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center-Training delivers training programs, products and services to leaders and units in support of Army readiness. Wherever Army training occurs, the Combined Arms Center-Training helps make it happen. To learn more about the Combined Arms Center-Training, visit usacac.army.mil/cac2, www.facebook.com/usacactraining or www.twitter.com/usacactraining.