The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 2, 2014

Miller retires from Army Corps after 35 years of service

After 35 years of dedicated service, Coy Miller, Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District’s deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management, has retired.

Col. Leon Parrott, district commander, said, “A 35-year career, starting as a 19-year-old intern and culminating after working his way to the top civilian position in the Huntington District — that is an American success story.

“Coy personifies hard work, dedication to others and selfless service — all while serving as a stand-up member of the community, loving husband, and great father — truly a role model.”

A native of Gauley Bridge, Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1982, and a master’s degree in environmental/civil engineering – hydraulics emphasis in 1990 from the University of Iowa. He is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia.

Miller’s entire career has been with the Huntington District, which began in May 1978 as a co-op student in Water Resource Engineering Branch, Engineering and Construction Division.

In 1982 he became a lead project hydraulic engineer working on numerous water resources projects throughout the district until he became the chief of Hydrology and Hydraulics Section in 1996, a position he held until 2001.

He was selected as the chief, Design Branch, Engineering and Construction Division, in 2001 until being selected as the deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management in 2003.

During his tenure, he led the district with great success in every performance metric.

Miller’s role as the deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management also included being the senior civilian, often referred to as the civilian deputy. In this role not only was he the district commander’s senior civilian adviser, he was the key to fostering long-term relationships with government leaders at all levels, industry partners, stakeholders and the citizens of the region. His reputation for facilitating solutions to difficult challenges is truly noteworthy.

Miller worked on numerous projects throughout his career which span a large range of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ missions.

In 2005 he deployed to Louisiana to assist with operations after Hurricane Katrina.

He worked on navigation projects, flood risk reduction projects and numerous projects that improve the water resources of the district’s area of responsibility. His life’s work at the Huntington District will have a lasting positive impact on countless lives of the citizens of the region for a very long time.

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