VIDEO: 45th Space Wing Commander Gen. Wayne Monteith Talks About Unit’s Mission
By 45th Space Wing // November 3, 2017
Gen. Monteith Forsees 48 launches per year
ABOVE VIDEO: Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith, Commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director, Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base, talks about the wing’s mission of giving our fighting men and women the advantage in all combat situations. (45th Space Wing video)
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith is the Commander, 45th Space Wing; and Director, Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
He leads over 13,000 military, DoD civilian and contractor personnel responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Monteith is also the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area which will support a projected 30 or more launches in 2017 aboard Delta, Atlas, Falcon, Navy and emerging launch vehicles.
In addition, he manages wing launch and range infrastructure supporting NASA, commercial and missile test missions.
Prior to assuming his current position, Monteith served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.
He earned his commission as a distinguished graduate from the University of New Mexico’s Air Force ROTC program.
General Monteith has also served in various special duty capacities including MAJCOM, COCOM, HQ Air Force and OSD staff positions. He earned the Master Missile Operations designation and is a Command Space Professional.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with cluster
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal with cluster
- Meritorious Service Medal with two clusters
- Air Force Commendation Medal with cluster
- Combat Readiness Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
- Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with device
- United States Air Force Chief of Staff’s Team Excellence Award, 2005
- Air Force Space Command ICBM Instructor/Evaluator of the Year, 1993
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