Vice Admiral John W. Miller
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet / Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
Vice Adm. John W. Miller was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1979.
He was designated a naval flight officer in June 1980 and received orders to VF-101 for replacement training in the F-14A Tomcat.
Miller has spent a majority of his operational career deploying to and operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Sea tours include VF-31 as a division officer, VF-84 as maintenance officer, and command of VF-142, VF-101, USS Dubuque (LPD 8), USS Juneau (LPD 10), USS Constellation (CV 64), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), and Carrier Strike Group 11.
His shore tours include VF-101 as an instructor, the United States Naval Academy as leadership section head, White House Fellowship as special assistant to the administrator of NASA, and Aviation Commander assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. After promotion to Rear Admiral, Miller spent a considerable amount of time focusing on the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility serving as Deputy Commander to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/United States 5th Fleet and Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5); Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command.
Miller is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University.
Miller has accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours and 1,000 carrier-arrested landings in the F-14 Tomcat flying off of John F. Kennedy, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and Constellation.
Miller left command of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in October 2011 to serve as the special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5) in Washington DC before reporting as Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/United States 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (5), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Strike Flight Air Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards.
Commodore Keith Blount Royal Navy
United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander / Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
Keith Blount was educated in the naval port of Plymouth before commencing his career at Britannia Royal Naval College in 1984. Joining as a pilot, he flew Sea King and Gazelle helicopters for the next 10 years, specialising in anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue. He was awarded the Bell Davies trophy as the top student pilot of his year, is a qualified instructor and was a member of the Royal Navy Helicopter Display Team in 1993.
In 1994 he changed commission to focus on ship-borne warfare. The early part of this period included deployments to the Adriatic during Operation Sharp Guard and the Gulf as part of the Royal Navy’s Armilla Patrol. During this time he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer.
He was appointed to his first sea command, the fishery protection vessel HMS ANGLESEY, in 1998. Over the next two years the ship conducted over 300 boardings resulting in numerous detentions of fishing vessels. A return to flying as the Senior Pilot of 820 Sea King squadron was followed by promotion to Commander and selection to command the Type 23 frigate HMS SOMERSET. This appointment included two deployments, principally in support of the Global War on Terrorism, one of them as part of a NATO Task Force.
On completion, he served for Flag Officer Sea Training for over two years as Commander Sea Training and Commander Mobile Sea Training. This involved the delivery of almost 40 periods of sea training to RN and foreign warships in the waters off Plymouth and also training ships between 80 degrees North and the Falklands, and across the globe in every Royal Naval operational theatre.
Promoted to Captain in 2009, he commanded the Iraqi Maritime Task Group on the Al Basrah oil terminal and then served as Chief of Staff to CTF 151, conducting counter piracy in USS ANZIO.
He immediately returned to sea as Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier, HMS OCEAN, in 2010. The Ship participated in Exercise Auriga off the US Eastern Seaboard and then sailed to Brazil, returning to the UK via Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde. This included a period participating in the US African Partnership Station initiative. On completion, he served for 6 months as Chief of Staff to the Operational Commander of the EU counter piracy mission, Operation Atalanta.
Blount has completed a number of staff assignments including three periods in the Ministry of Defence, the most recent of which was a two year appointment as Military Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, he holds a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies and was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2011.
He is proud to have been appointed United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander and Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces from September 2013.
Blount is married to Deborah, a police officer, and has two daughters; Hannah (99) and Freya (01). A keen sportsman and gym-goer, he also enjoys gardening and motor boating and is learning to play the drums.