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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. Additinoally, she also serves of the Commander of the New Mexico Air National Guard which is comprised of the 150th Special Operations Wing, the 210th RED HORSE Squadron and a headquarters element.
General 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 United States 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, General 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.
General 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 University, Ala., and attended Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College, by correspondence.
Her major awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air and Space Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air and Space Campaign Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass.
Brig. Gen. LaMontagne is the Manager of Leadership and Organizational Development at Sandia National Laboratories. She is also a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Foundation and Co-Owner of Turning Wheel Coaching LLC. Prior to these positions, 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 Feb 2023)