SUCCESS STORIES Johnny Montgomery Jr.

Help Them Soar

by Johnny Montgomery Jr.

Johnny Montgomery Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, Johnny has worked in aircraft maintenance as a crew chief on B-52 G/H and C-130 Hercules aircraft. During this time, Johnny served during Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Currently, Johnny is an enlisted aviator as a Flight Evaluator/Instructor Loadmaster on C-130 Hercules aircraft. Johnny was motivated and inspired to enlist in the Air Force by his father, who is also an Air Force veteran. Other inspirations, such as the Tuskegee Airman, fueled Johnny’s passion for aviation. In addition, Johnny’s son, Johnny Montgomery III, was the second recipient of the Redtail Scholarship and received his private pilot license.

To continue, as an enlisted aviator, Johnny has seen a lack of African- Americans in the aviation field, specifically as pilots, and felt compelled to help make a change. In order to affect change, one must be willing to be involved in the effort to bring about that change. As Johnny continues to work towards becoming a flight instructor, his ultimate goal is to combine all of his experience, education and lessons learned to help educate, nurture, and mold future African-American pilots.