Lieutenant Colonel John Miller was raised in Neptune Beach, Florida, and graduated from the University of North Florida in 2002 with a degree in Marketing. He was commissioned through the Officer Candidate Course Program in December of 2003 and graduated from The Basic School in July 2004. In October 2004, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training and was designated as a Naval Aviator in June 2006.
Following flight school, Lieutenant Colonel Miller reported to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 for initial training in the AH-1W at Helicopter Marine Light Attack Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303 in June 2006. In December 2006, he reported to Marine Light Attack Squadron (HMLA) 369 and was assigned as the Assistant Administration Officer. From April to November 2007, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).
In December of 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Miller transferred to HMLA-367. From April to November 2008, he deployed to Iraq in support of OIF. In October of 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). After returning from OEF, Lieutenant Colonel Miller attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-11. During his time with HMLA-367, he held billets as the Flight Line Officer, S-5, Standardization Officer, Tactics Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
In April 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Miller reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron (HMMT) 164 for initial training in the CH-46E after being selected to Helicopter Marine Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Virginia. He was assigned to HMX-1 for Presidential Support Duty from June 2012 to June 2016, where he flew the CH-46E, VH-3D, and VH-60N. During this time, he served as a Military Police Platoon Commander, Operations Duty Officer, Associate White House Liaison Officer, Power Plants Officer, VH-60N Flight Line Officer, and Command Pilot. While at HMX-1, he attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College of Distance Education, graduating with distinction in 2015.
In July 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Miller reported to the Naval War College Command and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies. Following school, he reported back to MAG-39 for transition to the AH-1Z and was assigned to HMLA-267. In November 2018, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, in support of Unit Deployment Program 19.1. During his time with HMLA-267, he served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Executive Officer.
In April of 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Miller reported for duty as Staff Secretary, I Marine Expeditionary Force. In April 2021, he reported back to MAG-39 to serve as the Executive Officer. In October 2021, he reported to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron (VMMT) 204 to transition to the MV-22.
Lieutenant Colonel Miller’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and Air Medal with Strike Flight numeral 12. Lieutenant Colonel Miller has accumulated over 3,000 mishap free flight hours in six different type-model-series. He is married to Kristin Miller of Oakton, Virginia, and has three children, Royce, Hadley, and Landon.