CDR JOHN M. MONTAGNET
Commander Manning Montagnet, a native of Pass Christian, MS, graduated in 1995 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997 and reported to the "Black Stallions" of HC-4 in Sigonella, Sicily for sea duty. He deployed throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. In 2001, LT Montagnet transfered to Milton, FL and reported to the "Shooters" of VT-6, where he was the Student Control Officer and NATOPS officer, designated as an Instructor Pilot in all phases of flight.
In 2003, LT Montagnet returned to Italy and reported onboard USS LASALLE (AGF-3) as the Air Boss and Safety Officer. Prior to the ship's decommissioning, his flight deck fire party received accolades as "Best in the Atlantic Fleet".
Upon completion of training with the "Merlins" of HSC-3 in San Diego, CA, LCDR Montagnet was re-designated as an MH-60S pilot. He completed his Department Head tour with the "Dragon Whales" of HSC-28, where he served as the Adminsitrative Officer, Detachment Officer-in-Charge and Operations Officer.
Following his Deparmtment Head tour, LCDR Montagnet volunteered for Individual Augmentee duty as Operations Officer, Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, in charge of Air Operations, Port Operations, Security, Ammunitions and Emergency Management. He aided the base transition from Central Command to Africa Command and supported the first detachment of forward deployed Japanese maritime forces since WWII.
In 2009, LCDR Montagnet reported to Newport, RI, where he completed a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. While in Newport, he was selected for Command and in October 2011 he reported as the Executive Officer of the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. He assumed command in January 2013.
Commander Montagnet has logged over 3000 hours and his awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal (4), and the Navy Achievement Medal.