Commanding Officer


Commanding Officer

Commander Morgan, a native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. He reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola where he completed Aviation Preflight Indoctrination then Primary and Intermediate Naval Flight Officer instruction in Training Squadron (VT) 4 and Advanced training in VT-86, finishing on the Commodore's List with Distinction and as a Chief of Naval Air Training Distinguished Graduate, earning his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Flight Officer in the spring of 2002.

Commander Morgan reported to the GRIM REAPERS of Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 at Oceana, Virginia for initial F-14 replacement training as a Radar Intercept Officer. Upon completion of the FRS in 2003, he reported to the JOLLY ROGERS of VF-103 serving as Legal Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, and Air-to-Air Weapons Training Officer. He deployed aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2005, he was selected for transition to pilot and reported to VT-27 in Corpus Christi, Texas, for Primary flight training then VT-22 in Kingsville, Texas, for Intermediate and Advanced jet training. He was the "Top Hook" and was designated a Naval Aviator in May, 2007. He returned to VFA-106, and after completion of Replacement Pilot training in May, 2008 was assigned to the DIAMONDBACKS of VFA-102 forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan. He served as the AV/ARM Division Officer, Training and Readiness Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer while embarked four times on USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

In March, 2012, Commander Morgan joined the BOUNTY HUNTERS of VFA-2 while embarked on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. VFA-2 later embarked on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) including a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational exercise. His Department Head assignments included Administrative, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance Officer.

Following his Department Head tour, Commander Morgan reported to United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) located on MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida for staff duty in October, 2014. During that assignment, he completed JPME Phase II and became a Joint Qualified Officer in addition to his duties as an Action Officer and Branch Chief in the Plans and Policy Division of the J5 Directorate. Commander Morgan has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours and 650 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.





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