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 Keith Blount Royal Navy

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

Keith Blount commenced his career at Britannia Royal Naval College in 1984. Joining as a pilot, he flew Sea King and Gazelle helicopters 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 and qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer.

Blount has enjoyed huge variety in his career, sharing his time between the cockpit, bridge, operations room and office. His command appointments have included three ships (ANGLESEY. SOMERSET and OCEAN), command of the Iraqi maritime Task Group based on the Al Basrah oil terminal, and Chief of Staff appointments to CTF 151 and Operation ATALANTA, both conducting counter piracy. He also spent over 2 years working for Flag Officer Sea Training as Commander Sea Training and Commander Mobile Sea Training.

His staff appointments have included three periods in the Ministry of Defence, the most recent of which was as Military Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. He has also served as a member of the Directing Staff on the UK Joint Advanced Command and Staff course. Blount holds a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies and the order of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

In September 2013 he returned to command, as the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander and Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces based in Bahrain.