Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

Mike Miller Bio

1.jpg I went to pilot training at Craig AFB in Selma, Alabama. We were all cautioned never to get married in the middle of pilot training; so naturally, I did. Mary still remembers the cultural shock of moving from the Midwest to Selma in the middle of the civil rights battle.

Following pilot training, I was assigned to MAC at McGuire AFB in New Jersey flying C-135's. Most of our missions were to SEA. I eventually ungraded to Aircraft Commander in early 1967.

When the Air Force phased out the C-135's in late 1967, I was transferred to Tinker AFB for C-141 training, after which I returned to McGuire and was upgraded to Aircraft Commander in 1968.

I separated from the Air Force in June 1969 and began life as a graduate student at the University of Michigan, completing an M.B.A. in late 1970. In December 1970, I started as a tax consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, a CPA firm, in Detroit. While at C&L, I attended law school at night, eventually graduating from Wayne State in Detroit.

After six years with C&L, I went with a Chicago-based multinational Gould Inc. eventually becoming VP-Tax Counsel and then VP-Treasurer.

After eleven years with Gould, I became VP/Chief Financial Officer with Wozniak Industries, a small LBO firm in Chicago.

After three years with Wozniak, I left to become VP and Treasurer of Owens Corning in Toledo. I spent ten years with OC, retiring in January 2000.

At that point, Mary and I moved to Florida where I practiced law as a sole practitioner in Cape Coral. I retired from the law practice in 2008.

Mary and I have two children. Our daughter, Shelly, and her husband run an ag-spraying business in Lafayette, Louisiana using a Robinson R44 copter. Our son, David, is an automotive engineer in Toledo. He and his wife have two children.

During my corporate career, our principal avocation was light aircraft flying. We owned, successively, a Mooney, a Piper Cherokee and, lastly, a Cessna 210. I sold the Cessna upon my corporate retirement and have not flown as a pilot since then.

Our current interests are bicycling and hiking. In 2008 we cycled across the U.S. Later that year, we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Last summer we bicycled from D.C. to Pittsburgh. I also ride a BMW R1200RT when time permits (much faster than the bicycle).

In the last presidential season, I served as a volunteer voting rights attorney for the Obama campaign, working in South Carolina and Florida. I'm still active in local Democratic Party activities, but am not a candidate for anything.

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