SOUTH FORSYTH – A former Forsyth County Schools student recently became the first graduate of his high school alma mater to complete the U.S. Naval Academy.
Midshipman Chris Miles, a 2012 graduate of Lambert High School, was commissioned at the end of May as an ensign in the Navy to specialize as a surface warfare officer, according to his father, Bruce Miles.
“He’s going to lead folks on a destroyer and will be stationed in Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Preble,” his father said.
Miles studied political science and international relations while in college at the military academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Before that, he played lacrosse at the high school on Nichols Road and graduated fifth in his class.
“We’re very grateful to all the teachers and support from people along the way who have helped us to prepare him and get him ready,” his father said.
He was accepted to both the Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his father said, but chose the Navy because it offered him more options.
“He could have gone to the Marine Corps, into aviation, or be at sea, which he chose,” he father said. “Not that the Army isn’t great, but he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted and the Navy had a lot of different options.”
His father and mother, Michele Miles, presented their son’s shoulder boards and cover at his graduation to signify his newly appointed status.
He said their other son, Ben Miles, a 2009 South Forsyth High School graduate, graduated from Georgia Tech as a biomedical engineer and now serves as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Twenty Nine Palms, California.
He said he enjoys seeing in his sons the fact that people still want to serve their country.
“It’s a selfless kind of thing,” he said. “These kids are so bright. That’s what we need. We need some of these young people to know it’s OK to take this path.”