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Trevor Monfette (Western '02)

Trevor Monfette (Western '02)

Trevor Monfette graduated from Walled Lake Western HS in 2002. Upon graduation, he attended the School of Aviation at Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelors in Aviation Management. While at Western Michigan, he entered Marine Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2006.

Trevor advanced through the ranks to Major and traveled from Pensacola to San Diego, throughout the Pacific, Middle Eastern region and to Quantico. Some career highlights include: joining the illustrious Evil Eyes of HMM-163, serving aboard the USS Boxer in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation NEW DAWN aboard the USS Makin Island. He also piloted both the CH46 (Phrog) and the MV22 (Osprey). While on deployment, he was hand-selected for the prestigious assignment to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (Presidential, HMX1) in Quantico, Virginia.

In 2015, Major Monfette reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One and served as a White House Liaison Officer and White House Tiltrotor Aircraft Commander. In this capacity, Major Monfette was responsible for the safe and timely transportation of the President and Vice President of the United States, Congressional delegates and distinguished visitors.  In January 2019, upon completing thirteen years of honorable service, Major Monfette transitioned from active duty in the United States Marine Corps to the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

As Trevor liked to say with a smirk on his face “You’re welcome for your warm blanket of freedom. Freedom isn’t free.” Although he never directly boasted about his accomplishments. Major Monfette’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge.

Trevor Monfette with Evil Eye Helicopter

After his time in the Marine Corps., he landed his dream job with Delta Airlines. To wait out the pandemic, Trevor and his family moved back to Virginia where he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in support of COVID relief for over four thousand DIA employees.

In his free time Trevor enjoyed playing golf, listening to Detroit sports, entertaining and cooking for family and friends, and as his two kids would say listening to music with, “beats”.

While at Walled Lake Western, Trevor along with his friend and future wife Christina, were voted homecoming king and queen in 2001. A natural athlete, he loved playing sports. His Walled Lake Western coaches were major influences in his life: Coaches Scott Street; golf and Rex Stanczak; basketball.

One friend always said, “You don’t know Trevor, you experience Trevor.” Once met, you’d never forget him. Sadly, Major Monfette passed away on October 8, 2021, after courageously battling cancer. To say he is greatly missed is an understatement.