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Brig. Gen. Michele LaMontagne is the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, New Mexico Air National Guard. As a senior military advisor to the Governor and Adjutant General, she advises on all matters pertaining to the New Mexico Air National Guard. She is responsible for planning and executing the mission, organizing, training, and deploying New Mexico Air National Guard units during contingency and domestic operations in federal and state emergencies.
Brig. Gen. LaMontagne was commissioned in 1992 upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy, and earned her Master’s degree just two years later. In 2001, after serving 9 years with the U.S. Air Force as a maintenance officer, she joined the 150 Fighter Wing, New Mexico Air National Guard at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
Prior to her current assignment, Brig. Gen. LaMontagne was the Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Air National Guard whose mission includes providing unsurpassed training to Special Operations aircrews for state and federal missions as well as maintaining a constant state of readiness to protect the citizens of New Mexico in cases of emergency or natural disaster.
Also, since June 2022, she has been a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as an independent advisor to Secretary of Defense on Reserve and National Guard matters.
Brig. Gen. LaMontagne has a Bachelor of Science, Human Factors Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., a Master of Science, Human Resource Management, Troy State University, Ala., and attended Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College, by correspondence.
Her major awards and decorations include Legion of Meritm, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air and Space Campaign Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass.
Brig. Gen. LaMontagne is an Executive Coach and Co-Owner of Turning Wheel Coaching LLC. She provides Individual and Team Coaching and Mentoring, develops and delivers Individual and Team Development Training, and provides other Business Services. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Training and Development, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Operations at Rio Grande, a Berkshire Hathaway Company for 18 years.
(As of June 2022)