Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, a retiring U.S. Air Force commander, has been named the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for commercial space transportation, effective Jan. 20, 2019.
He will oversee the Office of Commercial Space Transportation that is charged with protecting national security and foreign policy interests, as well as the public, with regard to commercial launch, the FAA said Thursday.
Monteith holds 30 years of experience in managing the integration of space technologies across defense, intelligence, civil and commercial communities.
At USAF, the retiring brigadier general commands the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., with his duties ending Dec. 1.
He leads more than 15,300 personnel in handling satellite launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in his current role.
Monteith began his Air Force service in 1989 after completing reserve officer training at the University of New Mexico.