MC1 Miller enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986, completed Recruit training in Orlando, Fla., “Basic Electricity and Electronics” at Great Lakes and Fire Control Technician “A” School. As a Reservist, Miller drilled at Naval Reserve Center, Southfield, completing Annual Training (AT) aboard USS Valdez (FF 1096) and USS Barney (DDG-6).
In 1989 Miller moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and transferred to the Naval Ship Weapon Systems Engineering Station unit at Naval Reserve Center Dallas where he worked on the Terrier Missile system. After fulfilling his contract in 1994, he transitioned into a civilian only role.
As a civilian, Miller was an audio/video technician responsible for installation and maintenance of high-tech interactive systems from 1995-2001 with various video production agencies. His forte was video producing and editing and he traveled the world producing and editing commercials, documentaries, training videos, political advertisements, television shows and feature films.
Since 2001, Miller owns Visual Edge, a media creation company. His productions range from simple web-based testimonial videos to enterprise level websites.
Miller returned to the Navy Reserve in 2007 serving Navy Information Bureau 7th Fleet Det. Dallas at Navy Operational Support Center Fort Worth. He completed AT as public affairs officer for exercise Terminal Fury ‘09 aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
In October 2009, Miller volunteered for active duty at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, VA. Working for the Naval Special Warfare community, specifically GroupFOUR. His duties included; public affairs, writing stories, producing video, print, and web materials using the latest in technology. His active service time was 12 months.
Miller assisted 7th Fleet Public Affairs in March 2010 during a multi-country tour providing public affairs support as well as video and still imagery support. He also directly supported Operation Tomodachi, United States Armed Forces assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
He spent most the summer of 2012 on two different Navy activities. As a social media expert, MC1 Miller demonstrated hands-on social media management, analysis and reporting during Terminal Fury ‘12 - working directly with USPACOM Public Affairs. Also, Miller solely restructured the complete intranet for the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island on the first beta launch of Google Apps for Government, collaborating directly with Google engineers.
In 2013-2014, Miller covered multiple bilateral exercises. Producing hundreds of photos for navy.mil, along with multiple videos, he was able to help tell the story of the Navy throughout the 7th Fleet during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. Sought after as a Photographer and Video Producer for the Navy, he traveled to Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Bangladesh to further the Navy's mission.
In 2015-2018 MC1 Miller maximized multiple teams during the 11 different Media Outreach events that generated over 2000 photos and feature stories representing 100 different commands which were published locally as well as nationally including DVIDS, Flickr and Facebook. Miller educated Sailors during the evolutions in photography, writing and interviewing skills resulting in production efficiency and superior work from the teams.
Miller’s personal Navy awards include Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War on Terrorism (Service), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Navy Pistol Sharpshooter Marksmanship.
His professional awards include: Houston Worldfest Honorable Mention-Excel Openers for live events (1999); Telly Bronze-"Inside Excel," a corporate news and information magazine video (2000); Telly Bronze-"Revolution," a high-tech e-commerce video (2000); Houston Worldfest Gold-"Net Talk Interactive," an internet show using new technology (2001); Telly Silver-"Net Talk Interactive." (2001); Telly Gold-"Barbershop," Political ad for a congressman (2003); Addy Gold-"The Blocking Machine," Political ad for a senator (2005); Pollie Gold-"The Blocking Machine," American Association of Political Consultants (2005); Telly Gold-"Culture in India-a Christian Perspective" (2007); Houston Worldfest Silver Remi-"Adopting All Kinds," a documentary on adopting special needs children (2008).
Miller volunteers community service time developing websites for non-profit organizations, as well as various video production projects for churches, schools and city departments. He is married and resides in Roanoke, Texas with his wife and three children.