John W. Miller

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John W. Miller
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Vice Admiral John W. Miller, USN
Nickname(s) Fozzie[1]
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1979-2015
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Carrier Strike Group Eleven
Fighter Squadron 142
Fighter Squadron 101
USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
USS Juneau (LPD-10)
USS Constellation (CV-64)
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Strike Flight Air Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

John W. "Fozzie" Miller is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet,[2] based in Manama, Bahrain. Prior to assuming the duties of NAVCENT/C5F, Miller was special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5) in Washington, D.C.. He has also served as NAVCENT deputy commander.


Early life[edit]

He graduated from the Naval War College and received a Master's degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University.

Military career[edit]

He was commissioned an Ensign upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979, and received his Naval Flight Officer designation in 1980, after which he reported to VF-101 for training in the F-14A Tomcat. His sea duty includes tours as a division officer in VF-31; maintenance officer at VF-84; and six command tours: VF-142; VF-101; USS Dubuque; USS Juneau; USS Constellation, as her final commanding officer; and USS John F. Kennedy. As a flag officer, Miller also commanded Carrier Strike Group 11.

Ashore, he has served as an instructor at VF-101; leadership section head at the Naval Academy; a White House Fellowship as special assistant to the NASA Administrator; and aviation commander assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Since being promoted to flag rank, Miller has had particular focus on the CENTCOM area of responsibility, serving as deputy commander of NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet; deputy director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5); and as CENTCOM chief of staff. He has also commanded the US Navy Strike and Air Warfare Center.

Retirement and Later Work[edit]

Miller was named to the position of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations (N3/N5) in March 2014. However, his planned successor was unable to assume the Commander Fifth Fleet/Naval Forces Central Command role due to being under investigation as part of the Fat Leonard scandal, one of several flag officers not involved in the scandal who had transfers and promotions delayed due to the investigations[3].

Miller retired from the Navy in 2015. Since retirement, he was worked with the Middle East Institute and the American Enterprise Institute[4][5].

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Vice Admiral Miller has amassed over 3,500 flight hours and 1,000 arrested landings from six different carriers. His awards include:

Navy blue ribbon with central gold stripe
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
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Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Gold star
Gold star
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
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Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Battle Effectiveness Award ribbon, 4th award.svg
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Naval Flight Officer insignia Joint Chiefs of Staff ID Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal (2) Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal (3) Air Medal with 2 Strike/Flights
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2)
Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) Battle Efficiency Ribbon (4)
Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal (2) Southwest Asia Service Medal w/1 Campaign star
Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8)
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon NATO Medal for Yugoslavia Pistol Expert Marksmanship Medal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSAWC Holds Change of Command Ceremony" United States Navy. Released 24 April 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2012,
  2. ^ "Biography of VADM John W. Miller, COMNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT/COMCMF". United States Navy. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Cavas, Christopher (February 8, 2015). "'Fat Leonard' Scandal Jams Up Dozens of US Navy Flag Moves". Navy Times. Gannett. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "John W. Miller". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "John W. Miller". American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 17 June 2017.