CAPT MORRIS is a native of Greensboro, NC, and was commissioned through the NROTC at Texas A&M University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Security Studies at the National War College.
Captain Morris at-sea assignments include USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44); Officer in Charge (OIC), Craft of Opportunity Mine Unit 2215; OIC, Mine Search Unit Two; OIC, USS Champion (MCM 4) Augment Unit; Executive Officer, Battle Group Staff One; Commander, Mine Division 52; and Advisor to the NATO Baltic Naval Squadron based in Tallinn, Estonia.
Captain Morris shore assignments include NROTC Unit, Prairie View A&M University; Chief Staff Officer, Mine Search Squadron; US Naval Liaison Officer in Gibraltar; Commanding Officer, Military Sealift Command Office, Souda Bay, Crete; and Chief, US Naval Mission to Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.
Captain Morris' personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, Army Commendation Medal, and two Navy Achievement Medals. From the Colombian government, he has also been awarded the Ministry of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of Naval Merit "Admiral Padilla," Naval Surface Force Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Marine Corps Distinguished Service Medal, and Colombian Marine Corps Distinctive Badge. Three of his Reserve Units where he held leadership positions received the Captain Leo V. Bilger Award given annually to the top reserve units in the nation.
Captain Morris is a graduate of the National War College and has earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Economics from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Prairie View A&M University.