Cmdr. Josh "Monkey" Miller
Cmdr. Josh “Monkey” Miller, a native of Iowa City, Iowa, graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his commission in May 2006 through the University of Colorado NROTC program. After completing flight training at Whiting Field, Florida, he was “winged” a naval aviator in April 2008.
Miller began his operational assignments in 2008 with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 in Norfolk, Virginia, where he deployed in support of Command Task Force (CTF) 53 and aboard the USNS Comfort in support of Operation Continuing Promise 2011.
In 2012, he was assigned to HSC-3 in San Diego, California, as a fleet replacement squadron instructor pilot. Additionally, he served as a search and rescue squadron evaluator, helicopter control officer/landing signalmen enlisted (LSE) curriculum model manager, and earned a Master’s Degree in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management.
In 2015 he moved to Yokosuka, Japan, and served with 7th Fleet as part of the forward deployed naval forces. He deployed across the area of responsibility (AOR) aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and spearheaded testing and experiments as part of the commander’s initiative group (CIG).
As a department head, Miller served with HSC-6 from May 2018 through November 2020. As the safety/NATOPS officer and maintenance officer, he deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 aboard the USS Nimitz to the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet AORs.
In December 2020, he reported to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He fulfilled duties as a future operations planner and branch chief responsible for planning binational operations supporting the defense of the United States and Canada.
Miller reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes in May of 2023 as the executive officer.
Miller has flown more than 2,000 mishap free flight hours in the MH-60S. He has served on teams recognized with the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, and two Battle “E” designations and is authorized to wear various personal and campaign awards.