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Congresswoman Kay Granger

A former teacher, small business owner and mayor of Fort Worth, Congresswoman Kay Granger was first elected to represent the 12th congressional district of Texas in 1997. 

Since arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kay has distinguished herself as one of the most recognized and influential leaders on dense and foreign policy – an expertise she began developing as the mayor of Fort Worth, which is home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin.  

Kay has long believed that national security and foreign policy go hand in hand. As the top Republican on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, and as the vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, she has worked to increase global stability and security, as well as enrich the lives of millions in the developing world through efforts that center on bettering global health, improving the lives of women and teaching emerging democracies how to sustain newly-discovered freedoms.

Born in Greenville, Texas, Kay was raised in Fort Worth. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University and became a high school English and journalism teacher. In 1978, she opened and operated her own insurance agency for more than 20 years. In 1991, she was elected as the first female mayor of Fort Worth, where she led the city to win the coveted All-American City Award. Kay is a mother of three and a grandmother of five.

CAPT Gil Miller

Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

A New Jersey native, Captain Miller is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, with a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College Command and Staff Program and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Captain Miller deployed with HSL-33 (San Diego, California) and the SH-2F Seasprite for counter-narcotics operations aboard ROANOKE (AOR-7), DUNCAN (FFG-10) and STERETT (CG-31) in the Eastern Pacific, Central America and Caribbean; and to Haiti to enforce the blockade of Port-Au-Prince.

Captain Miller next reported to HSL-48 (Mayport, Florida), flying the SH-60B Seahawk and deploying as Operations Officer of a four-plane Search and Rescue unit aboard EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and later ELROD (FFG-55) in the Persian Gulf.  He served as Instructor Pilot and deployed as Maintenance Officer and Officer-In-Charge aboard THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. His crew and aircraft represented JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) Battlegroup at the Paris Air Show and flew in the Romanian National Air Show.

Captain Miller reported to Naval Air Station New Orleans and served as UC-12B Huron Instructor Pilot, Manpower and Reserve Services Officer, Training Wings Program Manager, Assistant Ops, Personnel Support Detachment Officer-in-Charge, and Traffic Court Judge.

Next reporting to VR-54 (New Orleans, Louisiana), he served as C-130T Hercules Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer, and Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Department Head.

Captain Miller transferred to Fleet Logistics Support Wing in Fort Worth, Texas, for assignment as C-130T Program Manager, Pilot Evaluator and NATOPS Department Head for the Wing’s six aircraft types. He next reported as the first Officer-in-Charge and C-130 Instructor Pilot of VR-64 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, transitioning Patrol Squadron 64 to Fleet airlift. VR-64 deployed to Western Pacific, European and Central Command theaters, flew relief missions for a Pakistani earthquake and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and aerial refuelled nearly 50 tactical aircraft during his tenure.

Captain Miller served on the Navy Staff (OPNAV N78/N88) at the Pentagon, initially in Transport Aircraft Requirements and later as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, Air Warfare. He reported to VR-48, Andrews Air Force Base, as Executive Officer and subsequently served as the squadron’s Commanding Officer. VR-48 deployed C-20G (modified Gulfstream IV) aircraft to Qatar, Africa, and Bahrain, providing rapid response passenger and cargo transport into Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.