REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Botswana
CANDIDATE: Earl Robert Miller
Earl Robert Miller, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa. A talented leader, manager and law enforcement professional, he is known for his attention to detail and commitment to training and staff development. Exceptionally active in developing U.S. commercial opportunities abroad and knowledgeable about Southern Africa, Mr. Miller will bring key skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Botswana, a key U.S. economic partner in the region and an international leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Previously, Mr. Miller served the Department of State as Regional Security Officer, Embassy New Delhi, India (2008-2011), Regional Security Officer, Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2007-2008), Regional Security Officer, Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia (2004-2007), Regional Security Officer, Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2000-2003), Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, Boston, Massachusetts (1998-2000) and Regional Security Officer, Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (1995-1998). He also served as the Diplomatic Security Service’s Southern Africa Desk Officer, Special Agent in Miami, Assistant Regional Security Officer at the Embassy in El Salvador, and Special Agent in San Francisco. He served as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer (1981-1984) and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1985-1992), including a six-month tour when recalled to active duty during the Gulf War. He was a Supervisor at Avantek, Inc., Santa Clara, California (1984-1987).
Mr. Miller earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1981 and graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia in 1994. He is the recipient of Department of State awards, including a Group Award for Heroism, five Superior Honor Awards, six Meritorious Honor Awards and six Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards. Numerous U.S. Marine Corps awards include a Navy Commendation Medal with “V” (Valor) Device, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Citation. He received the Shield of Bravery from the FBI in 2009 and a Bravery Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in 2006. He speaks Indonesian, Spanish and French.