U.S. SOCOM names 2005 Service Member of the Year
by 1st Lt. Joseph Coslett
An Airman won top honors by earning the U.S. Special Operations Command's Service Member of the Year award during the annual awards ceremony held at the Noncommissioned Officers Club Feb. 22.
Staff Sgt. Michael Morgan, D-Cell Electrical Systems NCOIC and the U.S. SOCOM Airman of the Year, was selected over the other U.S. SOCOM Service winners; Staff Sgt. Louis Sisneros, Soldier of the Year; Sgt. Michael Spears, Marine of the Year; and Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Francis, Sailor of the Year; as U.S. SOCOM's top service member.
"It was an honor to just be nominated for Service Member of the Year, to be held in the same regard as the other nominees," Sergeant Morgan said. "To receive this award leaves me stunned, especially considering the caliber of the other nominees."
Sergeant Morgan's accomplishments include: supervising up to 10 personnel while deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Winter Strike ensuring the installation, inspection, troubleshooting, and repairs of all electrical power systems for Joint Special Operations Task Forces; managing more than $1.32 million in electrical equipment; preparing , palletizing and deploying 440,000 pounds of equipment for Hurricane Ivan; servings as the only Air Force jumper on the U.S. SOCOM Command Parachute team with more than 75 jumps; maintaining a 4.0 grade point average during multiple deployments and accumulating 61 credit hours towards a Community College of the Air Force Associate's Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
He supported community projects to include the Lakeland Air Show, Drug Awareness Resistance Education program, Great American Teach-in and Habitat for Humanities, Tampa Chapter.
"Morgan leads and finds ways to make things better," said Kenneth Ivie, D-Cell Superintendent. "He earned and deserves this award."
This is a shining moment in the staff sergeants career.
"I am thankful for the supervision and mentorship that the NCOs and officers appointed over me offer," Sergeant Morgan said. "This experience will be a positive milestone in my career."