VADM JESUS C MILLAN O-8476 AFP is the 34th Flag Officer at the helm of the Philippine Navy leading its 23,000-strong Sailors, Marines, and Civilian Employees.
Admiral Millan’s acclaimed naval career now spans more than thirty-two years. It was a life well-spent as a ship captain, an aviator, an operational commander, a staff officer, a scholar, a mentor, a leader-manager, and a role model.
A seasoned commander in the operational area, VADM Millan commanded units afloat and ashore. As an accomplished skipper, he has commanded our Philippine Navy Patrol ships.
VADM Millan has commanded Naval Forces Western Mindanao that has the most number of fleet and marine units operating in three of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao’s provinces of Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi; and the three provinces of Region IX namely Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay. In such capacity as Commander, he successfully ensured freedom of navigation and undisturbed flow of trade and commerce in two strategic Sea Lanes of Communication in his area of responsibility. These are Basilan Strait near Zamboanga peninsula and Sibutu Passage in Tawi-Tawi in the south-west most tip of the Philippines.
VADM Millan is among the only few navy aviators who have commanded the Naval Air Group where he rose from student to command pilot mentoring sea-going and marine officers who desire to fly and serve in the aviation unit.
Various staff positions of major responsibility prepared VADM MiIlan to various commands he has held with distinction. He was Chief of Naval Staff orchestrating and integrating the inputs and outputs of FOIC, PN’s central, personal, special, and technical staffs. He was on top of the Navy’s personnel and materiel readiness staff as Chief of Naval Operations, N3 and Director of Naval Management and Fiscal Office.
VADM Millan was a scholar whose satiating desire to learn earned for his various academic degrees that prepared him to take on tactical, operational, and strategic challenges of command. He graduated and earned his baccalaureate degree from the Philippine Military Academy with the “Sandigan” (“Dependable”) Class of 1982. In preparation for his mid-level position in the AFP hierarchy, he pursued his education and completed his Naval Command and Staff Course “With Distinction” at the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales where he ranked third in the graduation merit roll. From the same institution, and in preparation for his senior rank, he finished Naval Command and General Staff Course at the top of his class.
This officer balanced his military with civilian education finishing his Master in business Administartion at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. His impressive academic records earned for him seats in the Foreign Exchange Training from US 7th Fleet (1984); Maritime Surveillance Course from the Australian Defense Force Warfare Center in New South Wales, Australia (1995); and Combined Force Maritime Component Commander’s Course from the US Naval War College in Hawaii (2013).
As a fitting recognition by domestic and international institutions of VADM Millan’s exemplary, dedicated, and distinguished service, he was conferred with numerous medals, trophies, and commendations. He was bestowed Distinguished Navy Crosses and Bronze Crosses for heroism, and Distinguished Service Stars for eminent achievement, among his other medals and awards. In 2006, his Alma Matter, the Philippine Military Academy, gave him the coveted Philippine Military Academy Cavalier Award for Naval Operations. The National Guard conferred upon him the Guam Commendation Medal in appreciation of how he advanced the partnership of the AFP and the Guam National Guard.
In 2006, the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Metrobank Foundation that jointly committed to extoll excellence in the military service, hand-picked then CAPTAIN Millan among The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS). And for his habitually meritorious acts of professionalism and competence, the same institutions in 2012 bequeathed to him “Award for Continuing Excellence in Service”.
VADM Millan, “Jess” to his friends, a good son to his parents Francisco and Lily, and a role model of his generation typify a boy who toiled for his boyhood dream as he gazes at the airplanes at the Basa Air Base where his father, was once stationed. He went beyond the airfields and conquered even the seas. After his parents, it is to his wife Sonia, and his three children-Joanna, Catherine and Sheila that he draws his courage, strength, and inspiration.
As the Flag Officer In Command of the Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus C Millan commits to lead the Navy in its bid to “Surge Forward to Serve and to Succeed the Right and Honorable Way”.