Captain Brian E. Luther relieved Capt. Chip Miller III as commanding officer of USS George H. W. Bush on March 17, 2011. Luther is a George Mason School of Management alumnus who graduated with honors from the Executive MBA program in 2004.
"[He] is the perfect man taking over at the perfect time," Miller said. "Capt. Luther will lead them well, and he will lead them with integrity."
Luther was designated a naval aviator in March 1986. He previously served as executive officer on board USS Nimitz and as commanding officer of USS Tarawa.
"Over the past month, I've seen that George H.W. Bush is a respected, well-trained, professional command that is ready to serve our nation in a time of war," Luther said at the change of command ceremony. "Under Capt. Miller, you have accomplished much and done it exceptionally well. It is my honor and my privilege to be your commanding officer."
During the past two years, George H.W. Bush completed more than 200 inspections and earned a wide variety of certifications and accolades, including carrier air traffic control center certification; certified medical teaching affiliate with the Uniformed Services University of Health Services; first East Coast carrier to successfully launch and load the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile; and the highest score of any aircraft carrier in the past four years during Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem.
George H.W. Bush is the only aircraft carrier to fly both the enlisted surface and enlisted aviation specialist warfare pennants, and the ship won the U.S. Fleet Forces Retention Excellence Award, also known as the "Golden Anchor," for 2009 and 2010.
Throughout his career, Luther’s military awards and decorations have included the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendations Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards, one combat device), Navy Achievement medal, and various other unit and campaign awards. He has flown over 3,400 flight hours and has accumulated 825 carrier landings.
In addition to his EMBA degree from George Mason, Luther graduated from the Naval War College and completed the Navy Nuclear Power training program in December 2005.