W Montague “Q” Winfield

W Montague “Q” Winfield, Major General (Ret)

Federal Preparedness Coordinator

Director, National Preparedness Division

FEMA Region IV, Atlanta, GA


Major General W Montague “Q” Winfield (U.S. Army, Retired) is the FEMA Region IV Federal Preparedness Coordinator and Director of its National Preparedness Division. Prior to accepting this position, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Agency.

As the DASD, he was responsible for developing policy and strategy for personnel recovery, personnel accounting, and DoD support to civil search and rescue. As the Director, he led the national effort for the fullest possible accounting of American personnel missing as a result of hostile action. He also provided control, executed oversight, and established the conditions necessary to recover those who became isolated during operations.

From 2010 through 2012, General Winfield served as a Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA. In this role, he represented the President and coordinated federal response and recovery activities in the aftermath of 11 presidentially declared disasters.

Prior to FEMA, General Winfield completed a distinguished 31-year Army career. Commissioned in Armor and Cavalry, he commanded at every level and held staff positions up through the Joint Staff. His final assignment was Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command, responsible for annually recruiting, training, developing and commissioning 80 percent of the Army’s new officers. Additionally, General Winfield served as the first Commanding General of the newly formed Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii, leading the global search, recovery, and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts. There, he led and participated in negotiations and operations in numerous countries, including North Korea.

General Winfield served as the Assistant Division Commander for the 25th Infantry Division (Light), “Tropic Lightning.” Additionally, he served as a Commissioner of the United States – Russian Joint Presidential Commission on POW/MIAs.

His top civilian award is the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. His top military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Defense Superior Service Medals and three Legions of Merit. He is also Ranger, French Commando, Airborne and Air Assault qualified.

General Winfield earned a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Education from Virginia State University, and was selected to serve as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. He is a graduate of the Marine Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, the U.S. Navy’s Lean Six Sigma College—Green Belt, as well as the U.S. Army Comptrollers School.

A native of Petersburg, Virginia, General Winfield is married to the former Irma N. Keith. They have one daughter, Kristina.