Commander Murzban Morris
Hailing from Spotswood, New Jersey, Commander Murzban "Murz" Morris received his Navy commission following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995, with a B.S. in Chemistry.
At sea, his initial tour was as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG-60). Following his tour on the PAUL HAMILTON, CDR Morris became the Operations Officer aboard USS SQUALL (PC-7). After attending Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island, CDR Morris reported as the Operations Officer aboard USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG-56), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. CDR Morris then shifted theaters and became the Operations Officer for Destroyer Squadron 60 stationed out of Gaeta, Italy. In July of 2010, Commander Morris reported aboard USS MCCLUSKY (FFG-41) as the Executive Officer. In May 2012 he became the Commanding Officer of USS MCCLUSKY (FFG-41) as part of the XO/CO Fleet-Up program. During his time aboard MCCLUSKY, the ship completed a very successful C4F Deployment, two training cycles, a successful INSURV and earned the Battle E twice in three years. CDR Morris turned over command of MCCLUSKY in FEB 2014 and reported to USS TAYLOR (FFG-50) as the Commanding Officer in MAR 2014.
Ashore, Commander Morris attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a M.A. in National Security Affairs (South/Southeast Asia Specialty) in 2002. In June 2006, CDR Morris reported to Commander Naval Surface Forces as the Combat Systems Officer (N65). In Mar 2008 he was selected for an IA tour to Iraq. After five months of training in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the Army Civil Affairs Command, CDR Morris reported to Baghdad. There he served as the LNO from Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) to the Office of Provincial Affairs (OPA), overseeing and coordinating activities of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) with Coalition Force (CF) assets.
Personal decorations include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal and Army Achievement Medal.