ANNAPOLIS, Md. Minot native Vice Adm. Michael Miller completed 40 years of active-duty naval service when he turned over the leadership of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on July 23 to Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter Jr.
Miller, the 61st academy superintendent and 1974 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, retired at the ceremony.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the ceremony's keynote speaker, spoke about the advancements the Naval Academy has experienced under Miller's leadership, including the increase in diversity within the Brigade of Midshipmen, improvements in admissions standards, and the development of the cyber security curriculum and founding of the Center for Cyber Security.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents U.S. Naval Academy Super-intendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller an end of tour award as Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert looks on July 23 in Alumni Hall, shown in this U.S. Navy photo.
"During his four years as superintendent, Mike has put the academy on a 21st century footing, with a firm sense of what the future needs of the naval services will be," said Mabus.
In his speech, Miller also emphasized the importance of the cyber security curriculum as well as the enhancement of the Naval Academy sports programs, the expansion of the Stockdale Center for ethical leadership, the creation of three new majors operations research, nuclear engineering and cyber security and the selflessness of the midshipmen who volunteered 25,000 community service hours in the last year.
"It's a winning brand, one that young people want to join and in turn be challenged to the limits of their endurance," said Miller. "None of this would have been possible without the finest faculty, staff and coaches this school has ever enjoyed.
"I take credit for none of it," he added. "But I'm oh so proud to say I was a witness to the history as it was being written."
Miller was superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy for four years. Prior, his career included flying combat missions into Libya, leading aircraft carrier groups to the Persian Gulf and working four years in the White House. He was the first active-duty director of the White House Military Office. He then became the Navy's chief of legislative affairs.