Maj Alexander M. Monte
Major Alexander M. Monte was born in Fresno, California; however, grew up in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After receiving his commission on 11 August 2006, Second Lieutenant Monte reported to The Basic School (TBS). Following TBS in March 2007, he attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer School at NAS Whiting Field, Florida.
In June 2007, he reported to the “Patriots” of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River. There, he served as the Ground Support Equipment and Individual Material Readiness List Officer in Charge. In August 2008, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and reported to the “Raging Bulls” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, to serve as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO). In November 2009, First Lieutenant Monte deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 9.2 and 10.1—the first MV-22 Osprey deployment to Afghanistan. In July 2010, First Lieutenant Monte redeployed, and subsequently transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina.
In September 2010, First Lieutenant Monte reported to Third Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, to serve as a Series Commander with Mike Company. In November 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. In August 2011, he became the Mike Company Executive Officer. On 12 March 2012, Captain Monte assumed command of Lima Company, where he served as the Company Commander until relinquishing command in May 2013 following his selection from the 2013 Commandant’s Career Level Education Board to attend Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS).
In July 2013, Captain Monte reported to EWS, Marine Corps University as a student for the 2013-2014 academic year. In May 2014, Captain Monte graduated EWS, and subsequently reported to the “Warlords” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Marine Aircraft Group 31 in June 2014. During his tenure with the “Warlords”, he held nearly every billet in the maintenance department by serving as: AAMO, Quality Assurance Officer (QAO), Aviation Logistics Information Management and Support (ALIMS) Officer, Powerline Officer, and Maintenance Material Control Officer. In each of these billets, he helped direct the maintenance effort on 29 assigned F-35B aircraft by 445 maintenance personnel—including Marines, Royal Air Force/Royal Navy personnel, and Lockheed Martin Interim Contractor Support. From May to June 2015, he served as the QAO during the first operational at-sea deployment for the F-35B aboard an L-Class Ship on the USS WASP with Operational Test One (OT-1). From June to July 2016, he was the Detachment Maintenance Officer for the first overseas deployment and transatlantic crossing of the F-35B to the United Kingdom in support of the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Airshow.
In August 2015, Major Monte graduated from Marshall University with a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies. Major Monte assumed his current rank on 1 September 2016.
Upon his selection from the 2017 Commandant’s Professional Intermediate Level Education Board, Major Monte reported to the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs in September 2017. In January 2018, Major Monte was assigned to the office of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC), where he served the Senator as his Defense Legislative Fellow.
In January 2019, Major Monte reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Department of Aviation. Major Monte served as Aide de Camp for Lieutenant General Rudder, the Deputy Commandant for Aviation (DC/A), until the end of his tenure as DC/A in July 2020.
In August 2020, Major Monte reported to the “Warriors” of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24) aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and served as the Operations Officer until March 2021 when he assumed his present duties as the Executive Officer.
Major Monte’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars in lieu of third award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award).