Navy Biography

Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller

Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy

Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller


Vice Admiral Miller became the 61st superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy on Aug. 3, 2010. A native of Minot, N.D., he was commissioned at the Naval Academy in 1974 and earned his “Wings of Gold” at Pensacola in January 1976. Subsequent flying tours were primarily out of Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla., flying the S-3A/B Viking on carrier deployments around the world, including combat operations against Libya, the Achille Lauro terrorist incident and squadron command 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 the commander, Carrier Group 8, executive officer aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), and in command of the 3rd 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.

Following Coronado, Miller was assigned as the operations officer for the 7th Fleet aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. He returned to John F. Kennedy in August 1999 as the 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 in November 2000. Miller was commissioned as a deputy assistant to the president and the first active duty director of the White House Military Office in November 2002. He next assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 7/USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group in April 2005 and subsequently led the Reagan Strike Group on its maiden deployment to the Persian Gulf and western Pacific in 2006.

In April 2008, Miller reported as the chief of Legislative Affairs, following a tour as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management & Joint Operations (N3/N5), U.S. Fleet Forces Command (2007).

Miller’s personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (6 awards), the Bronze Star, three Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards.


Updated: 23 July 2014