Enshrined November 9, 2013
Montill Warren has devoted herself to promoting aviation in Tennessee for over 30 years, and has been deeply involved with the Civil Air Patrol since December 15, 1980, when she began to build up the program for cadets in the local Hardin County Composite Squadron. She worked tirelessly in the community to promote the program through recruiting and fund raising activities. Appointed to the position of Director of Cadet Programs for the State of Tennessee in 1995, she organized and participated in over 32 encampments, numerous cadet officer schools and drill team competitions, and managed the National Flight Academy for seven years. For eight years she hosted young cadets from foreign countries including Israel, United Kingdom, Australia and others through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program, promoting international understanding, goodwill, and fellowship among the aviation-minded youth of the world. Montill is a graduate of the Region Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1982, the National Staff College in 1989, and the Mission Coordinator School also in 1989. She has received numerous Commander Accommodations Awards, Meritorious Volunteer Awards, and many certificates of achievement.
In 1989 Montill was appointed to the Savannah-Hardin County Airport Commission, and six months later was appointed Chairperson. On June 1, 1993, she became Manager of the Savannah-Hardin County Airport. Her hard work and dedication have brought many improvements to the airport, such as installation of the nation’s first concrete overlay runway to be designed for a general aviation airport, construction of several new hangars, procurement and installation of new fuel tanks, and upgrades to the airport runway lighting systems and security fencing. All of these accomplishments culminated in her being named Tennessee Airport Manager of the Year in 1997, and the recipient of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution to aviation in Tennessee in August 2009.
Montill is widely known in the aviation community for her hospitality, friendly service, and helpful attitude towards all of her customers. She frequently offers her own personal vehicle when needed to help out a stranded aviator. Many visitors to the airport have written back to the airport to express appreciation for her caring help. Montill’s lifelong love of aviation has made profound, lasting impact to the Savannah/Hardin County community and the State of Tennessee.