Rear Adm. Kirby Miller graduated from Washington State University in December 1984. In 1986, he earned his naval flight officer wings and reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 124 for training in the F-14A Tomcat. He earned his graduate degree in international relations from Troy State University in 1993 and transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 1999. In addition to serving as NAVAIR vice commander, he serves as director, NAVAIR Reserve Program (NRP).
His fleet assignments included the stand-up of VF-191 Satan’s Kittens, deployments with the Black Knights of VF-154 embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) and USS Independence (CV 62), and as the combat operations officer for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 embarked aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Miller’s shore assignments included Training Squadron (VT) 86 in Pensacola, Fla., and commanding officer of the Combat Aircraft Survivability and Threat Lethality (CASTL) unit within the NRP at Patuxent River, Md. Under his command, CASTL was a two-time winner of the Rear Admiral Hugh Smith Award as the NRP Unit of the Year, an unprecedented achievement. He served as chief of staff, NRP, from August 2010 to February 2012.
In 2004, Miller deployed with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) to Al Asad, Iraq, as officer-in-charge of the Joint Combat Assessment Team (JCAT), providing forensic analysis of aircraft shoot downs.
He deployed again in 2007 for one year with the United States Army as JCAT liaison officer, Multi-National Corps-Iraq. During this deployment, he secured a U.S. Central Command Request For Forces ensuring ongoing JCAT capabilities in support of ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations.
Miller’s awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4) and various other campaign and service awards. He has accumulated more than 2,000 accident-free hours in various Navy aircraft including the F-14A Tomcat, T-39N Sabreliner and T-2C Buckeye.