A Cuban- American General, José Monteagudo named commander of the detention center at Guantánamo
Miami-based former American Airlines pilot to run Guantánamo prison
José Monteagudo hijo de Chila y Eduardo Monteagudo.
Brig. Gen. Jose R. Monteagudo, becomes the 15th commander of the detention center of 116 captives and 2,000 staff members next week. He’s deputy director of operations at Southcom where, Army Col. Lisa Garcia said Thursday, he served as Marine Gen. John F. Kelly’s “lead for oversight of detention operations” at Guantánamo for nearly two years. The general, who is a qualified F-16 pilot, was employed by American Airlines from 1998 until 2013 and likewise qualified to fly 777s, 767s and 757s. Monteagudo was not flying on Sept. 11, 2001, Garcia said.
Monteagudo is expected to take up residence at the remote base in southeast Cuba into the fall. He is a 1988 nuclear engineering graduate of the University of Florida who joined the military through ROTC and has flown more than 3,700 F-16 hours including 130 combat missions, according to his official biography. His decorations and photos released by the Pentagon suggest he served in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm and also flew missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. President Barack Obama nominated him
togethisstar inNovember 2013.Mostofhiswork,however, hasbeen incommandcapacitiesoutoftheHomesteadAir Reserve Base — between 1997 and 2011.Monteagudo is a 1998 graduate of Sunset High School and received an MBA from Northwestern University.
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