After graduating from Central in 1958, David began his highly decorated Air Force career by attending the Air Force Academy where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1963. His pilot training began at Moody AFB in Georgia, followed by flying the F -100 at Luke AFB in Arizona. After flying in Europe for three years, he flew 176 combat missions in the war in Viet Nam in 1968. After Viet Nam, he earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Arizona and was assigned as an instructor in Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at West Point.
In 1973 he went to the USAF Test Pilot School and was assigned to Test Operations at Edwards AFB where he became the F-16 Test Force Commander. While at Edwards, the television show "60 Minutes" featured David as the subject of a segment about physical stress on the brain and the body of a test pilot.
David was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as the Division Chief of Research Development and Quality for several years. Following that he was selected to be the Deputy Director for the B-1 Bomber Systems Program Office, worked as the Deputy Director for the National Aerospace Plane Program and was Chief of Staff for the Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio.
This Central High graduate had over 3000 hours of flying time in sixty types of aircraft, held the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, eight Air Medals, and the Bronze Star. Colonel David Milam retired from the USAF in 1993 and died on September 11, 2014.