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Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association/Seabee Historical Foundation Announce Executive Director

For additional information contact: Seabee Historical Foundation Chairman RADM Kevin Slates, CEC, USN, Ret. (228) 575-3858

Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association Chairman RDML Lou Cariello, CEC, USN, Ret (703) 690-7672

Arlington, VA/Gulfport, MS (3-6-22)

The Board of Directors of the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA) and the Board of Trustees of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation (SHF) are pleased to announce that Dan Miller has been named Executive Director of both organizations. The decision was made at the March 5th meeting of each board.

RADM Kevin Slates, CEC, USN, Ret, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation commented “I’m pleased to welcome Dan to this new role with the SHF! Dan’s experience and knowledge are a tremendous asset”

RDML Lou Cariello, CEC, USN, Ret., Chairman of the Board of the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association added, “I welcome Dan to this critical leadership role, after years of growing success for SMSA. I’m excited about the future of both the SMSA and the SHF”

The two national nonprofit organizations work together to provide scholarships to the children and grandchildren of US Navy Seabees and preserve and protect the history and heritage of America’s Fighting Seabees.

Dan has worked as the Chief Development Officer with the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association since 2011 and with the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation since 2021. Dan comes from a Seabee Family, his grandfather served with the 31MCB in WWII on Iwo Jima and Nagasaki Japan. He is a graduate of Georgetown College in Georgetown KY. “I’m honored and excited for this opportunity’ he said, “and look forward to continue working in this new role with both boards and the entire Seabee Community”

Dan has a long career in nonprofit management and fundraising. He was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Georgetown College from 2005 until 2010. Before Georgetown College, he had a twenty-three-year career with WHAS-TV where he was most recently the Vice President and Executive Director of the WHAS Crusade for Children, the station’s charity organization. He was the Program Director for eleven years before joining the Crusade for Children.

About the Seabees: The Naval Construction Force, better known as the Seabees, was born in 1942 to meet the Navy’s need for construction of advanced bases in combat zones in WWII. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, requested specific authority to activate, organize, and man Navy construction units. The first Seabee units were authorized on 5 January 1942, and official authorization of the Seabee name and insignia occurred on 5 March 1942. For 80 years, Seabees have been the Navy's expeditionary construction force, building bases and airfields, conducting underwater construction, and building roads, bridges, and other support facilities. They play a crucial role in supporting the fleet and combatant commands while carrying out the Navy's maritime strategy. Seabees also play an important role in sustaining global relationships. Seabees are forward deployed around the world to provide engineering and construction support while promoting regional stability and improving lives through engineering civic action projects in many countries.

About the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association: The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association is the nation’s primary provider of need-based scholarships for the children and grandchildren of individuals who have served with America’s fighting Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC). SMSA has awarded scholarship to over 1000 students, totaling over $6.5 million since 1972. For more information on the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association, visit

About the Seabee Historical Foundation (SHF) The Seabee Historical Foundation proudly preserves, promotes, and perpetuates the rich heritage of the U.S. Navy Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps. To execute this mission, the Foundation’s efforts are divided amongst four pillars.

· Honor Seabees and Seabee Veterans,

· Engage a Wider Audience,

· Inspire America’s Youth, and

· Educate the Public about Seabee Contributions

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, CA and the Seabee Heritage Center in Gulfport, MS are key elements for achieving success in each pillar. For more information on the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, visit

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