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Wg Cdr David Montenegro – Chairman & OCRAFAT

RAF career

Wing Commander David Montenegro OBE MA RAF, known as Monty, commands a team of Royal Air Force regular and reserve personnel, working alongside civil service colleagues, who deliver a precise, dynamic and world-renowned ‘soft’ power capability, in support of national interests, at home and across the globe. 

Monty joined the RAF in 1999. After tours as a fighter pilot on the Tornado F3 and qualified flying instructor on the Hawk T1, Monty was selected to join the Red Arrows in 2009, with his three years in the team culminating in the role of Synchro Leader.

Following tours in support of Operation Herrick, Afghanistan, as a special projects officer within the US Marine Corps and a tour as a Flight Commander at the No1 Flying Training School, Monty was selected to become Red 1, Team Leader of the Red Arrows in 2015.

During two global tours representing the UK in 23 countries, Monty was fortunate to be the first Red 1 to lead the Red Arrows across Europe, the Middle East and Asia – heading into China for a series of displays and diplomatic engagement roles.

After this tour, Monty worked within the Typhoon Force Headquarters at RAF Coningsby, before being selected to complete a masters degree in defence and military studies at the Australian War College, Canberra.

2020 will be Monty’s first year as Officer Commanding the Red Arrows.

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