CMF Leadership

Vice Admiral John W. Miller

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, 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 Will J Warrender MA

United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander, Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces

Cdre WarrenderWill Warrender joined the Royal Navy in January 1988 and has served as a Navigator, Fighter Controller and Principal Warfare Officer in ships ranging from Minehunters to Aircraft Carriers. He has been fortunate to command 2 Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures vessels (CHIDDINGFOLD, CATTISTOCK), 2 Type 23 Frigates (ARGYLL, MONTROSE) and most recently the T45 Destroyer HMS DAUNTLESS, completing the first T45 deployment to the South Atlantic. Additionally he has been engaged on operations in the Gulf, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean as well as on counter narcotic operations in the Caribbean and off West Africa.

During appointments ashore Commodore Warrender has served in the Ministry of Defence as the Programmer in the Directorate of Equipment Capability (Above Water Effects) where he was responsible for the programming and planning of the Royal Navy’s future capabilities, including the replacement Aircraft Carriers and Type 45 Destroyers. He also served on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training as Commander Sea Training (CST). In a very enjoyable 15 months as CST, and latterly as Commander Mobile Sea Training, he was responsible for delivering over 30 periods of sea training to RN and foreign warships. Promoted to Captain in 2011, and following his Command of HMS DAUNTLESS, he returned to the MOD as the Assistant Head of the UK team in the Operations Directorate, responsible for the coordination of UK Counter Terrorism and Resilience Operations.

He returns to command in March 2015, as the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander and Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces based in Bahrain.

A Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of the City of London and a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course, Commodore Warrender is a keen sportsman having represented the Royal Navy and Combined Services at hockey; with age catching up with him he is now an enthusiastic member of the RN Veterans team.