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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 25, 2002

President Bush to Nominate Miles to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Georgia

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Richard Monroe Miles to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Georgia.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he has been Chief of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria since 1999.  From 1996 to 1999, Miles was Ambassador in Belgrade, and from 1993 to 1996, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow.  His previous overseas assignments include service as Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Principal Officer in Berlin and Consul General in Leningrad.  His assignments at the Department of State include service in the Office of Regional Military Affairs in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, in the Office of Eastern European and Yugoslav Affairs, and in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs.  Ambassador Miles has received numerous awards for his service including the National Human Intelligence Collection Award.  Miles earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkley and a M.A. from Indiana University.