Mark J. Miller, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
A native of Orange Park, Florida, Commander Mark Miller graduated from the University of North Florida in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2002.
After completing training at the east coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (HSL-40), he reported to the “Proud Warriors” of HSL-42 in Mayport, Florida, where he completed two deployments aboard the USS Yorktown (CG-48) as part of Expeditionary Strike Group Two to the Arabian Gulf and aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) in support of UNITAS and counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean and South America.
In June 2006, CDR Miller reported to the “Airwolves” of HSL-40 as an Instructor Pilot. While at HSL-40 he served as the Squadron NATOPS Instructor responsible for standardization and qualification of instructor and student pilots. Upon completion of his Instructor duty, he was handpicked to be the NATOPS Instructor during the pre-commissioning establishment of HSM-70.
CDR Miller reported to the “Swamp Foxes” of HSM-74 in December of 2010. While at HSM-74 he served as the Quality Assurance Officer during the Squadron’s transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R and as Officer in Charge of Detachments One and Two. He completed his tour as the Squadron’s Maintenance Officer in December 2013, culminating with his selection as HSM-74’s Officer of the Year.
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Miller reported to United States Central Command, Operations Directorate, Plans Branch. After his assignment at USCENTCOM, CDR Miller attended Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Commander Miller has accumulated more than 2,500 mishap-free flight hours. His personal awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and service decorations.