Lt. Col. Patrick G. Miller, P.E., F.SAME, USAF
NSPE 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year and former SAME Young Member Council Chair
2015 was a very rewarding year for Col. Miller. In February, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) named him the 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year, and in March he was invested into the SAME Academy of Fellows. A member of SAME since 1998, Lt. Col. Miller was also selected for promotion to Colonel earlier this year.
Col. Miller is a member of the Charleston and Washington, D.C. Posts and is attending the National War College where he will earn a degree in National Security Strategy. As Federal Engineer of the Year, he was cited for his efforts to guide a $442 million military construction program for the Pentagon in fiscal year 2013 ensuring critical advocacy of Air Force priorities while balancing new mission and combatant command requirements. Additionally, at the operational level, he commanded a 505-person squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina in the operation and maintenance of a $3.2 billion physical plant, which included nearly 2,000 facilities, four runways, five piers, two wharfs, and 34 miles of rail across 24,000 acres – a unique portfolio for an Air Force engineer. Finally, he was lauded for his efforts while deployed to Afghanistan and Cuba.
Over the years, Col. Miller has served in a number of national SAME leadership positions, including Chair of the Young Member Council, Chair of the JETC Site Selection Committee in 2006, and as a member of the National Board of Direction (2006-2009). He also served on the Society’s Executive Council, Audit Committee, Awards Selection Committee, Streamer Review Committee and Construction Camp Application Review Committee.
Col. Miller has held many local and regional leadership roles as well, to include Charleston Post President, Kittyhawk Post Young Engineer Committee Chair, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Regional Education and Training Conference Planning Committee, and Awards & Recognition Chair for both the Virginia Peninsula and Scott Field Posts.