Johnny Montgomery Jr.
Johnny Montgomery Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Johnny first became interested in flying at a very young age as a military dependent. The father of Johnny Montgomery was an Air Force member and provided exposure to flying during multiple duty assignments around the world. It was at the air demonstrations of different aircraft where Johnny truly became interested in aviation. After reaching high school, Johnny participated in JROTC and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
Upon completing basic military training and aircraft maintenance technical school Johnny became a B-52 G/H flying crew chief. During this time, Johnny served in support of Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. During the time of being, a flying crew chief Johnny had an opportunity to witness aviation first hand and his passion for flying continued to grow. After leaving active duty, Johnny then joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve. As a Reserve member, Johnny served as a C-130H crew chief for many years until cross training into the operations squadron as a C-130H Loadmaster. During this time, Johnny served during Operation Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Currently, Johnny is an enlisted aviator as a Flight Evaluator/Instructor Loadmaster on C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Johnny started with the Redtail Foundation February of 2020. Since that time, the Scholarship program has trained Johnny to obtain a commercial pilot certificate. Johnny is now training to become a Redatail Scholarship flight instructor. Johnny plans to continue training for CFI, CFII, to help mentor up and coming young African-American aviators. It is Johnny’s desire to be a well-rounded and diverse instructor within the Redtail Scholarship Foundation by bringing years of experience from the military.
Motivational Quote: “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” Colin Powell