Lieutenant Morrison spent six years on active duty as a Naval Aviator, earning his wings from the Naval Aviation Schools Command, graduating first in his class of over 600 student naval aviators, with the Distinguished Naval Graduate designation. He was later decorated with the Navy Commendation Medal for simultaneously serving as Department Head of the Administrative Department, Personnel Officer, Legal Officer, and Public Affairs Officer of his squadron. During this time he flew F-8 Crusaders and US-2C Trackers in Guantanamo, Cuba. He then taught NROTC classes at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
While flying, Lieutenant Morrison was a Section Leader in the F-8 Crusader, a Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the US-2B Tracker, and a post-maintenance test pilot in both aircraft. Aircraft models previously flown included the T-34 B Mentor, the T-2 B/C Buckeye, and the TA-4J Skyhawk. Lieutenant Morrison earned his 1000 mph lapel pin in the F-8 Crusader off the coast of southern California, abeam Miramar Naval Air Station (known as “Fightertown USA") where he was stationed with VF-124. He is currently a member of the Military Officers Association of America, Navy League, Tailhook Association, and Commemorative Air Force.
"The video below is from November 4, 2016, when I had the honor of speaking at the NROTC Marine Corp Birthday Ball held at Arizona State University. As a U.S. Navy veteran, it was a privilege to stand among so many young men and woman in training for active duty. I share it with you in honor of all veterans. May we always honor and respect those who have served."
- Lieutenant Morrison