CDR G. M. Ziller Jr
United States Navy
Commander Ziller was born in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rode Island and was commissioned in November 1967.
Commander Ziller's initial sea assignments include tours in the nuclear powered missile cruiser USS Truxton (DLGN 35) as Damage Control Assistant and pre-commissioning crew for USS California (DLGN 36) as Damage Control Assistant.| After attending the department head course at Surface Warfare Officer School, Newport, Rode Island, commander Ziller reported to the USS Robinson (DDG 12) as Operations Officer in August 1975.
In 1977, he reported to the staff of the Commander, naval surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA to serve on the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team. Following hid staff duty, Commander Ziller was assigned to the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) from April 1979 to July 1981 serving as Main Propulsion Assistant. While aboard Nimitz, he participated in her historic deployment to the Indian Ocean in 1980.
In August 1981 he reported as a member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board Atlantic on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. From November 1983 through 1986, Commander Ziller served as the Executive Officer of the nuclear powered cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9). After attending several prospective Commanding Officer coursers, Commander Ziller relieved CDR D. R. Dunn as Commanding Officer, USS Copeland on 10 October 1986 in Freemantle Western Australia.
Commander Ziller's swards include the Navy Commendation Medal (with Gold Star in lieu of second award), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and sever Campaign and Service Medals.
Commander Ziller is married to the former Susan Jane Smith of Hampton, VA. They have one son, Gregory Mathew and currently reside in San Diego, CA.