Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Duncan (Dusty) Miller, Appointed Chair of the National Board of Directors, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires announced today that Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Duncan (Dusty) Miller, CMM, MSC, CD was elected Chair of the National Board of Directors, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires following the recent June 18 National Board meeting. 

“I am very proud and humbled to be elected Chair of Commissionaires National Board. Following on the outstanding work of my predecessor, Bill Sutherland, I intend to do my best to serve this exceptional organization and to highlight the superb work we do providing meaningful employment for our Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP veterans across the country,” said Miller. 

Vice-Admiral Miller joined Commissionaires Nova Scotia in 2004, where he served as a Governor for 12 years, the last two as Chair.

Miller joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 while attending Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC, graduating in 1968. He served in uniform for 38 years, retiring in 2003. 

During his naval career, Miller’s extensive operational experience included command of two warships, the Bay-class minesweeper HMCS Cowichan and the Annapolis-class destroyer HMCS Nipigon. He also served as the Commander of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron.

During the 1990 Gulf War Vice-Admiral Miller was the Canadian Naval Task Group Commander and the Commander of the Combined Allied Combat Logistics Force, the only non-U.S. officer to hold a major command appointment during that conflict. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross and subsequently co-authored a book with Sharon Hobson of Jane’s  Defence Weekly, The Persian Excursion, about the Canadian Navy’s contribution to the war.

Major command and staff appointments ashore included Commandant of the Maritime Warfare Centre, Defence Adviser in the Privy Council Office, Commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in London, UK and the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic. 

Miller’s last posting in uniform was as Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for the NATO Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, tasked with the security of the Atlantic sea lanes.  He commanded the NATO AWACS air surveillance over North America post 9/11, which included the responsibility for the protection of Air Force One.  He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit as a Commander. 

In December 2015 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the RCAF’s 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.


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