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New 45th Space Wing commander selected

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., is scheduled to replace Maj. Gen. (Sel) Nina Armagno, current commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range, who is selected for reassignment to Director, Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, summer of 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo) (Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., is scheduled to replace Maj. Gen. (Sel) Nina Armagno, current commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range, who is selected for reassignment to Director, Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, summer of 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo) (Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fle. -- The 45th Space Wing will say farewell to their current commander and welcome a new one this summer.

Maj. Gen. (Sel) Nina Armagno, current commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range, was selected for reassignment to Director, Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Armagno, who was nominated for her second star last month, had that promotion confirmed, March 27, 2015, by the Senate.

She will be replaced as the 45th Space Wing Commander by Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

In her new position, Armagno will be responsible for defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architecting, and science and technology in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil and national users.

"I want to once again say how much Eddie and I have appreciated the opportunity to be a part of Team Patrick-Cape since June of 2013," Armagno said.

"Your unwavering support during some tough early times was instrumental in us staying focused on 100 percent mission success," she said.

"I am confident the entire Space Coast community and our mission partners will give General Monteith and Gina the same warm welcome we received here.

"He is an outstanding officer, and he is more than ready to lead this team to bigger and better things as The Sharks move forward," she added.

During his career, Monteith has served as a Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) combat crew member, senior ICBM standardization and evaluation crew commander, ICBM instructor, chief ICBM flight testing, and command lead for a major space acquisition program. 

He commanded the Air Force's only ICBM combat crew training squadron and the 50th Space Wing where he led more than 5,300 military, DOD civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide in support of more than 170 communications, navigation, weather and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion.

Monteith has also served in various special duty capacities including major command, combatant command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense staff positions.  He earned the Master Missile Operations designation and is a Command Space Professional.

He was promoted to brigadier general March 1, 2015.

A change-of-command date will be announced once it becomes finalized.