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Community and Military Service

Community and military service are important aspects of professionalism and of fulfillment of duty.

Mr. Montague and his family upon returning from Iraq.

For contributions to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Mr. Montague and his wife, Leigh Ann, are Honor Club Associates for Excellence.  In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Montague are benefactors of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dubard School for Language Disorders.

Mr. Montague’s community and public service includes the following:

2009-10, Appointed State Judge Advocate, Mississippi National Guard

2009, Deployed to Iraq with 155th Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard

2008, Spirit of United Way Award Presented by United Way of Southeast Mississippi

2007, Associate Member of the Year, Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association.

Served on Military Active Duty at Mobilization Center Shelby in Support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom from 1 April 2004 to 6 June 2005

Former Member, United Way of Southeast Mississippi Board of Directors

Former Member, Greater Hattiesburg Homebuilders Association Board of Directors

Former Colonel and Senior Army National Guard Judge Advocate, Mississippi Army National Guard

Recipient, Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, 1997

President, Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, 1997-98

President, Hattiesburg Downtown Association, 1995-97

Recipient, Pine Burr Award, Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1994

Staff Director, U.S. Senate Leadership Office, Office of the Republican Conference Secretary (U.S. Senator Thad Cochran), 1985-86

Military Honors:

Law Day Award on May 3, 2005, by South Central Mississippi Bar Association “For Outstanding Service to Our Country and Steadfast Commitment to the Law”

Honor of Recognition from LTC Sisson, Cdr, 2-114 FA, Mosul, Iraq, 2009

United States of America Meritorious Service Medal awarded in May 2005, signed by LTG Russell L. Honoré,  for “Outstanding Meritorious Services as the Command Judge Advocate of Mobilization Center Shelby”

Mississippi Magnolia Medal, signed by Governor Barbour and Adjutant General Cross, awarded in May 2005 for “Exceptional Meritorious Services as the Command Judge Advocate of Mobilization Center Shelby”

Three U.S. Army Commendation (ARCOM) medals, 1997-2004, for various achievements while serving under two commanders as Judge Advocate and Command Judge Advocate, including an ARCOM medal received while detailed as Judge Advocate to the 150th Combat Engineer Battalion for formulating procedures using military and civilian criminal options for reducing battalion AWOL rate by fifty percent.

Other Military Awards:

Meritorious Service Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters)

Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Clusters)

LTC Goodman, Cdr, 2-198 CAB, Presents Meritorious Service Medal, Q-West, Iraq, 2009

National Defense Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon (with Oak Leaf Cluster)

Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device (with Oak Leaf Cluster)

Humanitarian Service Medal

M16A1 Rifle Marksman

Mississippi Magnolia Medal (State)

Mississippi War Medal (State)

Mississippi Emergency Services Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) (State)

Mississippi Longevity Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Clusters) (State)