Pres. to award Medal of Honor to soldier who trained at Ft. Benning

By Web Staff – email | Facebook | Twitter

WASHINGTON (WTVM) –  A soldier who attended basic training in Fort Benning will be awarded posthumously by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

White House officials tell News Leader 9, President Obama will award Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for his bravery.

Officials tell us Staff Sergeant Miller displayed heroic actions in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008.

We are told he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.

His parents Phil and Maureen Miller will join the president to commemorate their son's service and sacrifice.

The ceremony will take place in the West Wing of the White House.

Staff Sergeant Miller was born on October 14, 1983, in Harrisburg, Pa.  He graduated from Wheaton North High School in Wheaton IL.

Shortly after his family moved to Oviedo, Florida, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Special Forces candidate in August 2003.

He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and later became a Green Beret in 2005. 

Staff Sergeant Miller served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab and Parachute Badge.

He is survived by his parents, Phil and Maureen Miller; brothers Thomas, Martin and Edward; and sisters Joanna, Mary, Therese and Patricia.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

©2010 WTVM. All rights reserved. The White House contributed to this report.