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Colonel, United States Army

Army Colonel Rafael C. Montagno, Deputy Commandant of the Medical Education and Training Campus located at Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
Colonel Rafael C. "Gino" Montagno was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He received an ROTC scholarship and later graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Saint Leo College with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He also holds a Master's Degree in Aviation Safety and a Master's Degree in Industrial Safety Management, both from Central Missouri State University.

Colonel Montagno was commissioned through ROTC and entered the Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer in December 1983. His first assignment was as a medical platoon leader, 560th Medical Company (Ambulance), Korea. Following this assignment, he attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon completion, he was assigned to the 237th Medical Detachment, Fort Ord, California. His duties there included Flight Section Leader, Supply Officer, Operations Officer, and Deployment Commander for a Honduras rotation.

Following his tour in California, Colonel Montagno was sent to the Aviation Officer Advanced Course. He completed the course as an honor graduate and received both the Master Logistician's award and the Master Tactician's award.

Colonel Montagno then took command of Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. After two years, he relinquished command and was assigned as the Operations/Executive Officer to the 68th Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance), Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Upon return to the mainland, Colonel Montagno was assigned to the United States Atlantic Command as a Joint Regional Medical Planner, attached to the 5th United States Army, San Antonio, Texas. Here he was selected long term civilian training and upon completion was awarded his graduate degrees.

Colonel Montagno then traveled to Fort Drum, New York, where he assumed command of the 229th Medical Detachment, on the 29th July 1997. One year later the unit was re-designated as the United States Army Air Ambulance Detachment, "Mountain DUSTOFF".

Following command, Colonel Montagno was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as the Deputy Director of Medevac Proponency. After two years as the Deputy he assumed the role as the Director.

Colonel Montagno then transferred to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and worked as the Chief, Leader Development Branch, Leader Training Center, AMEDDC&S.


Colonel, United States Army

Army Colonel Rafael C. Montagno, Deputy Commandant of the Medical Education and Training Campus located at Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
Selected for battalion command Colonel Montagno commanded the 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion, located at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas from 25 June 2003 until 24 June 2005.

Following battalion command, COL Montagno served as the Deputy Surgeon, Eighth United States Army, Youngsan, Korea.

Upon return, he served as the Director of Health Services Directorate, United States Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Colonel Montagno assumed command of the Army Medical Recruiting Brigade on 17 April 2007 and relinquished command 39 months later. He is currently serving as the Interim Commandant of the Medical Education Training Campus.

Colonel Montagno's military education includes Medical Service Corps Officer Basic and Aviation Officers Advanced Course; Combined Arms Service Staff School; Command and General Staff College; and the Joint Medical Planners Course.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), National Defense Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and Army Overseas Service Ribbon. His special skill identifier badges include the Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Recruiter Badge. He proudly wears the Order of St. Michael Medal and the Order of Military Medical Merit.