Wildcats@Work with Ladislao Montero

Ladislao Montero '98 earned a bachelor's degree in political science prior to serving in the Navy as a naval aviator, now a Commanding Officer. Read more about his career in the Navy and the best piece of advice he's received along the way.

What do you do for work and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I am a naval aviator, having just completed a tour as the Commanding Officer of an EA-18G squadron. I am currently assigned to the Pentagon as a staff specialist with the electronic warfare department of the Under Secretary of Defense acquisitions and sustainment division. I’ve been in the Navy since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1998. 

How did your time at the UA prepare you to make networking connections and be successful as a professional?
The UA taught me many things — confidence, drive and the ability to look beyond the task at hand.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Be loyal to the organization and believe in something greater than yourself. If you work hard, enjoy your job and drive yourself for service instead of self, you’ll succeed and wake up every day ready for the next challenge.