As the inaugural Commanding Officer of the Air Intelligence Training Unit (AITU) from 2017-18, Wing Commander Andy Miller has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in this year's Queen's Birthday honours for meritorious achievement in intelligence capability development for Air Force.
After completing Command and Staff College in New Zealand last year, he’s returned to the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) as the Executive Officer Information Warfare Directorate and Intelligence Officer Specialisation Capability Adviser at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
"The recognition was most humbling and I'm certainly very honoured," Wing Commander Miller said.
"The award is reflective of the fantastic team that I was fortunate to work with during my tenure as CO, this award equally belongs to them."
He left Hobart for Canberra when he was 18 and joined the Air Force through ADFA.
"It was a great opportunity to advance my studies at university while exploring different areas of Australia and the world that I had never been to," Wing Commander Miller said.
"I consider myself to have been very fortunate with my career to date which included a three-year exchange position to the Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii to conduct an intelligence role supporting their targeting efforts.
However without a doubt, a career highlight was being selected as the inaugural Commanding Officer of the Air Intelligence Training Unit.
During his time at AITU, he led the team to mature the Air Force approach to Intelligence training through considerable changes to baseline skill training.
"Perhaps the single greatest change was the work that we did to align portions of the officer and airmen training, creating a collective culture between the three airmen intelligence musterings and intelligence officers before they graduated to the workforce," he said.
"I’m also particularly proud of the agility that AITU staff displayed on regular occasions in order to address emerging requirements.
"This was personified through the development of initial employment training for Air Intelligence Analyst Signals Intelligence (AIA-SIGINT) members, which was not available at the required level through any other means.
"This training ensured the most seamless and efficient level of training was provided to AIA-SIGINT trainees, which is still in place today.
"Such an effort by the AITU instructional staff speaks volumes to the calibre of staff that I had the privilege of working alongside.
"I'll be forever grateful for the team that I worked with at AITU. And to my wife [Millie] and two boys [Patrick and William], who supported me – and continue to do so – in my professional aspirations."