COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football team will host Maryland this Saturday at noon inside Ohio Stadium in the annual Military Appreciation game. The pregame honors that day will include Gen. Maryanne Miller, a former Ohio State softball player and, currently, the only female four-star general in the U.S. Department of Defense.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Miller graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 and was a two-year member of the softball team. She helped the Buckeyes make their first postseason appearance in program history at the 1978 AIAW Regional and took them back the following season.
In 2016, Miller made history as the first female chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. On Aug. 20, 2019, she became the first Airman in the history of the Air Force Reserve to pin on a fourth star while actively serving and is the only current female four-star general in the U.S. Department of Defense. Miller is the first reservist to lead Air Mobility Command, a total force mission supported by the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
A distinguished graduate of the AFROTC program at Ohio State, Miller joined the Air Force in 1981. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 hours in flight, having flown a variety of aircrafts, including jets, large cargo planes and an aerial-refueling tanker. Miller’s decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and an Aerial Achievement Medal, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.