Captain Montgomery is a native of Bloomington, IN. She graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a BS in Geology and BA in Classical Archaeology. She attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, and was commissioned as an Ensign on March 17, 2000.
After three months of Basic Oceanographic Accession Training (BOAT) in Gulfport, MS, Ensign Montgomery reported to the Naval Ice Center in Suitland, MD in June 2000. There she served as the Ice Reconnaissance Officer, the Operations Division Officer (DIVO) and the Information Technology DIVO. During this tour she also completed an MEng degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland.
LTJG Montgomery then reported to the Mobile Environmental Team in Rota, Spain. She deployed in December 2003 to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, and in November 2004 to Headquarters, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) for service as a Staff METOC Officer within the Joint Intelligence Operations Center.
LT Montgomery graduated in June 2008 from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, with an MS in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, a Graduate Certificate in Space Systems Operations, and JPME Phase 1 complete. Following graduation, LCDR Montgomery reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as the OA Division Officer, and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. CVN-71 deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group TWO to the Northern Indian Ocean in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In August 2009 LCDR Montgomery reported to Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) for duties as the Staff and Force METOC Officer and Force Exercises Officer. While at NECC, she qualified as an Information Warfare Officer, and completed an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) with distinction through the Naval Postgraduate School.
In April 2012 LCDR Montgomery reported to Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) for duty as the Future Operations Officer, then subsequently reported for duty as the Executive Officer of the Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Center (NOAC) in January 2013. In June 2014 she reported to Director, BUPERS-3 for duty as the Oceanography Officer Community Manager where she overhauled the enlisted commissioning program for Naval Oceanography creating a Warrant Officer program, as well as managed Officer Promotions for over 51,000 Naval Officers.
From August 2016 to July 2018 CDR Montgomery served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center, later realigned and renamed as the Naval Information Warfare Training Group – Gulfport. In June 2019 she completed a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies with highest distinction, a Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology, and JPME Phase II at the U.S. Naval War College. CAPT Montgomery reported to the Staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy, and Director of Oceanography and Navigation for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6) in June 2019, and served as the Executive Assistant to both the Oceanographer and the DCNO through June 2021.
Her personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and personal awards. She is a 2020-2021 Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest. She is married to Hunter Montgomery of Wollongong, Australia, and has three children, Benjamin, Emily and Grady.