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MILLER, LtCol, USAF (Retired), David K., age 74, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018. David was Chief of the Analysis and Optimization Branch, Flight Dynamics Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base OH. Under his aegis, Colonel Miller’s branch has produced significant technological developments in the design and structural analysis of air vehicles. A wide array of advancements range from blast damage assessment to the testing of in-flight interactions between state-of-the-art aircraft and their weapon systems. Support of the National Aerospace Plane has eliminated design uncertainties which have furthered the Air Force’s hypersonic vehicle database and consequently will bring unprecedented global force projection closer to operational reality. Colonel Miller was born 26 March 1943 on Staten Island, NY. He graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Rockville, MD. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and, as an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps graduate, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Prior to entering active duty, he returned to graduate school under a National Aeronatics and Space Administration traineeship and obtained a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and, ultimately, a Doctor of Philosophy degree, both from North Carolina State University. He is also a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Colonel Miller entered active duty in July 1969 at the AF Weapons Laboratory, Kirkland AFB NM where he was active in nuclear weapons effects research and underground nuclear weapons testing. In November 1973, he was assigned to the Aerospace Research Laboratory (ARL), where he lead a group of engineers and technicians doing research in support of gas dynamic lasers. After the disestablishment of ARL, he and his group became a part of the Flight Dynamics Laboratory. This assignment was followed by a stint with the Air Force Systems Command Inspector General’s Office out of Andrews AFB MD from November 1977 to November 1979. His final year at Systems Command Headquarters was spent with Deputy Chief of Staff for Systems. After Armed Forces Staff College, Colonel Miller returned to Washington DC in February 1981 with the Defense Nuclear Agency’s Test Division and was the Headquarters’ focal point for several underground nuclear tests. In September 1984, he was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB OH as an Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering faculty. After several years as a Deputy Department Head, he became Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering. In August 1990, he joined Wright Laboratory in his most recent position. Colonel Miller’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. Colonel Miller is survived by his wife, Carol Ann (Riley); children, Heather Miller, Joanna (Josh) Neilman of Springboro, Sarah (Nathan) Schwab of Dayton; grandchildren, Lauren and Luke Schwab, Cora Neiman; siblings, John (Eileen) Miller of Virginia, Patricia Miller of Maryland, Helen (Karl) Gebhardt of Virginia, Stephen (Heidi) Miller of Maryland, Phillip (Ann) Miller of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be held at 11am, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Normandy United Methodist Church, 450 W Alex Bell Rd, Dayton. Rev. James Riggs presiding. The family will greet friends following the service at the church.

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