Captain Michael M. McMillan, Jr.Commodore
Captain Mike McMillan graduated in 1990 from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. After completion of flight training in Pensacola, FL, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1992.
Following initial H-46D "Sea Knight" Fleet Replacement Pilot training at HC-3, he reported to HC-8 in Norfolk, VA, for his first operational tour and deployed aboard USS MOUNT BAKER (AE 34), USS SEATTLE (AOE 3) and USS DETROIT (AOE 4), where he earned his Officer of the Deck (Underway) qualification. While assigned to HC-8, CAPT McMillan served as Detachment Officer-in-Charge, Squadron Quality Assurance Officer, and Squadron Search and Rescue Officer.
In 1996 he reported to HT-18 in Milton, FL, to serve as a Helicopter Flight Instructor Pilot, and his job assignments included Assistant Operations Officer, Flight Operations Officer, Flight Leader and Student Control Officer. In 1998 CAPT McMillan was awarded the HT-18 Instructor Pilot of the Year and earned a Masters of Management from Troy State University.
CAPT McMillan's next assignment was as Combat Search and Rescue Officer and Assistant Air Operations Officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, Norfolk, VA. During this tour he deployed aboard the 2nd Fleet Command Ship USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) for multiple Joint Task Force Exercises and served as the Joint Search and Rescue Center lead for the Joint Force Air Component Commander.
In July 2001, CAPT McMillan returned to HC-8 for his Department Head tour, where he served as Operations Officer and Administrative Officer. Following the tragic events of Sept. 11, he made an emergent deployment as Detachment THREE Officer-in-Charge aboard USNS SATURN (TAFS 10), participating in Operations NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM.
Reporting to U. S. Joint Forces Command in December 2003, CAPT McMillan served as the NetCentric Capabilities Branch Chief and was the command lead for the Joint Staff led NetCentric Functional Capabilities Board.
In September 2006, CAPT McMillan reported as Commanding Officer of HSC-22 in Norfolk. As the plankowner CO of the “Seaknights,” his squadron attained the CNAL Battle “E” Award in just its second year of existence.
CAPT McMillan reported to USS BATAAN (LHD-5) in May of 2008 where he served as the Air Boss for the first operational shipboard deployment of the MV-22 Osprey. Taking over as Executive Officer in June of 2009, he was part of a highly successful 5th Fleet deployment as well as the Haiti earthquake relief efforts in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE. The BATAAN was awarded the 2009 Battle “E”.
CAPT McMillan was assigned to Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO, from June of 2010 to May of 2013, where he worked as a strategic analyst in the Strategic Plans and Policy Division. CAPT McMillan reported to Commander, Amphibious Squadron EIGHT in October of 2013 as the Deputy Commander and assumed command in March of 2015. He currently serves as Commander, IWO JIMA Ready Group, deployed in the 5th Fleet AOR.
CAPT McMillan has accumulated over 3,400 flight hours in Naval aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), the Joint Forces Staff College and is designated a Joint Qualified Officer.