Michael H. Miller

Michael Harold "Mike" Miller (born c. 1952) is a former vice admiral in the United States Navy, and was the first active-duty officer to direct the White House Military Office. He was the 61st Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.[1]

Michael H. Miller
Born1952 (age 6667)
Allegiance United States of America United States Navy
Years of service1974–2015
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands heldUSS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
USS Coronado (AGF-11)
Carrier Strike Group Seven/
Ronald Reagan Strike Group
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (6 awards)
Bronze Star
Air Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards)

Education and early career

Miller was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and commissioned at the United States Naval Academy in 1974. He earned his "Wings of Gold" at Pensacola in January 1976.[2] Subsequent flying tours were primarily out of NAS Cecil Field, Florida, flying the S-3A/B Viking on deployments around the world, including combat operations against Libya, the Achille Lauro incident, and squadron command of VS-24 in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Miller's shore assignments include duty as Flag Lieutenant and Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet (1979), Chief Staff Officer to Sea Strike Wing One (1986), and Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific (1994).

Miller has served at sea as Air Operations Officer for Commander, Carrier Group 8, Executive Officer on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), and in command of the Third Fleet Flagship, USS Coronado (AGF-11). During this tour, he was responsible for a state-of-the-art technology infusion into the command ship for the eastern Pacific.

Command and flag

Following Coronado, Miller was assigned as the Operations Officer for the Seventh Fleet on board USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. He returned to John F. Kennedy in August 1999 as her 23rd Commanding Officer, and left almost immediately for an extended deployment to the Persian Gulf. He reported for duty as the Deputy Director of the White House Military Office (WHMO) in November 2000. Miller was commissioned as a Deputy Assistant to the President and the first-ever active duty Director of the White House Military Office in November 2002.[2]

Miller assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Seven/Ronald Reagan Strike Group on April 15, 2005. As of 2008, he is Chief of the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs.[2]


On August 3, 2010, Miller relieved Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.[3] On July 23, 2014, Vice Admiral Walter E. Carter Jr. relieved Miller as Superintendent. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented the Navy Distinguished Service Medal as an end of tour award to Miller. During the ceremony Miller had been slated to retire, after 40 years of active naval service.[4]


In February 2015, Miller received a Letter of Censure from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for possible ethics violations involving Glenn Marine Defense Asia (GDMA), during his tour as Carrier Strike Group Commander while on board the USS Ronald Reagan. GDMA is the subject of an ongoing federal fraud and bribery investigation. Miller had been prevented from retiring pending the result of the investigation, and was serving as a special assistant to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. With Miller now censured, his request for retirement will be appropriately processed.[5][6] After a thorough and complete investigation, Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus cleared Miller of any wrongdoing. Miller later retired from the Navy at his highest achieved rank of vice admiral on August 1, 2015 after over 41 years of exemplary service.[7][8]

Awards and decorations

Naval Aviator insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit with one silver award star Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with two award stars Air Medal with gold award numeral 1, Combat V and bronze Strike/Flight numeral 5 Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal with award star Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Unit Commendation with two service stars Navy E Ribbon with wreathed Battle E Device
Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with six service stars NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Presidential Service Badge


  1. "Office of the Superintendent — United States Naval Academy". usna.edu. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  2. "US Navy Biographies — Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller". navy.mil. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  3. "Fowler to leave Naval Academy in August". The Capital. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  4. Clark, Jessica (July 23, 2014). "New Superintendent Takes Command of U.S. Naval Academy". Navy News Service. U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  5. "SECNAV Censures Three Senior Officers". United States Navy. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. "3 Rear Admirals Forced Out Amid Massive Navy Bribery Scandal". Military.com News. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  7. "Navy rebukes 3 admirals for accepting dinners, oogifts". Navy Times. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  8. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/07/20/navy-releases-documents-in-fat-leonard-case.html
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey Fowler
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Walter E. Carter Jr.
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