U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Wayne R. Monteith has been appointed to the position of Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Monteith’s appointment is effective January 20, 2019.
Monteith is a proven aerospace leader with nearly 30 years of planning and managing activities to integrate Department of Defense, civil, commercial, and intelligence community space capabilities. Monteith is a recently retired US Air Force Brigadier General who previously served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and led operations for the busiest and most successful spaceport in the world.
Monteith’s distinguished military career and extensive space background also include serving as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He also held the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space) and oversaw space policy, strategy, international engagement, and commercial partnerships while directly influencing a $100B budget. Prior to that, Monteith was Commander 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
Monteith received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Washington, DC, and a Master of Science for Business Administration and Management at Leslie University, Cambridge, MA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.