|CAPT Jim Morgan
Commodore (April 2011 - October 2012)
CAPT Jim Morgan hails from Washington D.C. and was raised in Wooster, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in May 1987. During his initial sea tour in USS ELROD (FFG 55) Captain Morgan served as Fire Control-Ordnance Officer and Auxiliaries Officer from January 1988 to November 1990, deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation EARNEST WILL. Captain Morgan’s first Department Head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS RODNEY M DAVIS (FFG 60) from September 1994 to April 1996 in Yokosuka, JAPAN. While serving in RODNEY M DAVIS, Captain Morgan deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf and participated in Maritime Security Operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
Captain Morgan’s second Department Head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS PRINCETON (CG 59) from July 1996 to July 1998. During his tour in PRINCETON, the ship deployed in support of counternarcotics operations during which PRINCETON served as the Air Warfare Commander for counterdrug operations in the Caribbean theater.Captain Morgan served as Executive Officer in USS CARNEY (DDG 64) from February 2001 to April 2002 and as Commanding Officer in USS HOWARD (DDG 83) from July 2006 until January 2008. During his tour as Commanding Officer, HOWARD served as the Air Defense Commander for the BOXER Expeditionary Strike Group, deployed to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf, and earned the Battle “E” Award, Pacific Fleet LAMPs Helicopter Safety Award, and the ARLEIGH BURKE Fleet Trophy Award for 2006. Captain Morgan served as Deputy Commander for Destroyer Squadron SEVEN in San Diego, California from June 2010 until April 2011 and assumed command of Destroyer Squadron SEVEN on 12 April 2011.During RONALD REAGAN Strike Group’s Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment in 2011, Captain Morgan also served as Commander, Task Group Iraqi Maritime (CTG IM) from 04 June until 18 July 2011.
Ashore, Captain Morgan was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from January 1991 to February 1994 as an instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation. From July 1998 to July 2000, Captain Morgan served as the Personal Aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.From June 2002 to July 2004, Captain Morgan served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN as the Surface Community Management Branch Head (PERS-41M) and as the post-Department Head and Executive Officer Assignment Officer (PERS-411B). Captain Morgan also served in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Branch (J5–Afghanistan Desk) and completed his tour in January 2010 as the first Operations, Plans, and Policy Division Chief in the newly created Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC).
Captain Morgan earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College in 1994 and graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 2005 with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.
In addition to numerous service medals, Captain Morgan’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy-Marine Corp Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star.