Vice Admiral DeWolfe "Chip" Miller III served as commander of Naval Air Forces and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, when he retired from the U.S. Navy in December 2020. According to his LinkedIn profile, Miller was responsible for material, personnel, and combat readiness for all naval aviation forces and 11 nuclear powered aircraft carriers deployed globally. He led over 100,000 personnel, 168 squadrons, 3,700 aircraft, and the execution of a $5.3 billion annual operating budget.
After leaving the Navy, Miller joined Huntington Ingalls Industries as corporate vice president of customer affairs. Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds, and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the world. It is the sole builder of Navy aircraft carriers. According to federal contracting data, Huntington Ingalls Industries won over $8 billion in federal government contracts in fiscal year 2020, $7.6 billion of which were with the Navy.
According to a Huntington Ingalls Industries press release, Miller will “be responsible for outreach to executive branch principals as well as the U.S. Navy fleet for the Newport News portfolio.” The press release noted that Miller’s “extensive naval career provides him with a vast understanding and a wealth knowledge [sic] of our portfolio, as well as how they support the Navy’s missions,” and that “his expertise will be critical in continuing our company's proven track record with collaborating with our Navy partners.”
Requests for comment sent to Huntington Ingalls Industries received no response.
“I am confident [Miller’s] expertise will be critical in continuing our company’s proven track record with collaborating with our Navy partners.”
- Mitch Waldman, Huntington Ingalls Industries executive vice president for government and customer relations
Vice Admiral (Commander, Naval Air Forces / Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet),