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NEWS | Sept. 27, 2023

NSWC Dahlgren Division engineer awarded the Aegis Destroyer Excellence Award

By Morgan Tabor, NSWCDD Corporate Communications

In a testament to his unwavering dedication and exceptional contributions to naval warfare systems, John Miller, a distinguished member of the Combat Systems Fleet Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), is a proud recipient of the prestigious Aegis Destroyer Excellence Award.

With an impressive 23-year career at Dahlgren under his belt, and presently holding the position of Air Warfare team lead, Miller has wholeheartedly devoted himself to advancing the warfighter's mission. Miller's journey began with his service in the Navy, a path that ultimately led him to his role at NSWCDD.

It was during an eye-opening experience, witnessing NSWCDD's testing procedures and baseline software installations, which inspired him to pursue a career in engineering.

Miller started his career as a contractor, providing crucial support to NSWCDD across various domains, such as test and evaluation, system engineering, AEGIS Operational Readiness Test System, Network OE and live fire test and evaluation. In 2015, Miller transitioned into becoming a civilian employee dedicated to AEGIS Fleet Support operations at Dahlgren.

During his tenure, Miller seized the opportunity to establish the NSWCDD Littoral Combat Ship Fleet Support position in Mobile, Alabama, before subsequently returning to his role in AEGIS Fleet Support, based in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

“I enjoy the relationships that are built in the process of getting the job done,” said Miller. “I am proud to provide the best possible weapons systems to the fleet and of the role I play in making that happen.”

The AEGIS Combat System represents the Navy’s state-of-the-art surface combat technology. It was meticulously developed as a complete system containing missile launchers, computer programs, radar and displays that are all integrated to work together. This makes the AEGIS system the first fully-integrated combat system built to defend against advanced air and surface threats. 

Miller received recognition for his exceptional leadership while aboard the pre-commissioning unit USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer equipped with the AN/SPY 6 air and missile defense radar, which significantly enhances the Navy’s capabilities and lethality.

Miller draws motivation from the ships’ personnel. “I want them to have the best combat systems available when facing adversaries,” he said.

As team lead, his tireless efforts were instrumental in the resolution of countless technical and quality issues affecting production, testing and trial execution onboard the ship.

Miller’s exemplary leadership and execution enabled the team to shorten the timeline between acceptance trials and delivery, with the Navy accepting delivery of the Jack H. Lucas in June 2023. His achievements, contributions and efforts also played a pivotal role in advancing the Arleigh Burke program.

Miller continues to provide superior support to the warfighter. He was quick to give his team recognition as well for their efforts toward AEGIS combat systems. “I don’t believe many things happen as a result of an individual,” said Miller. “My success is a direct result of my supporting team’s dedication and hard work.”