Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nomination: Navy Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Miller is currently serving as Chief of Legislative Affairs, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Rear Admiral Michael H. Miller, a native of Minot, N.D., was commissioned at the United States 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. Rear Adm. 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). Rear Adm. Miller has served at sea as Air Operations Officer for Commander, Carrier Group 8, Executive Officer onboard 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. Following Coronado, Rear Adm. Miller was assigned as the Operations Officer for the 7th Fleet on board USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. He returned to John F. Kennedy in August of 1999 as 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 of 2000; Rear Adm. 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. 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, RADM 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). Rear Admiral Miller’s personal decorations include the Defense 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.