|CDR Morris Oxendine
Commander Morris Oxendine is a native of Fairmont, North Carolina where he graduated from South Robeson High School. He enlisted in the Navy and attended Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida in October 1982. Following Boot Camp, he attended Seaman Apprenticeship Training School and reported onboard his first ship, USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), where he served from February 1983 to August 1986. His next duty station was onboard USS SYLVANIA (AFS-2) from September 1986 to February 1989 earning Sailor of the Year recognition in 1988. From April 1989 to May 1992 he served as a Navy Recruiter at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1991, he was recognized as North Carolina's Recruiter of the Year and was selected for Chief Petty Officer. He returned to sea serving onboard USS HAYLER (DD-997) from May 1992 through December 1995 during which he was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. In January 1996, he had the distinct privilege to report as Command Senior Chief onboard USS ELROD (FFG-55) and, in October of that year, was commissioned as an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program.
His first LDO tour of duty was as Assistant First Lieutenant onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) from November 1996 through December 1999. While assigned to the Kearsarge, he earned his Surface Warfare Officer designator and qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch. He served onboard USS OAK HILL (LSD-51) from January 2000 through March 2001 as the Ship's Boatswain. Continuing his string of sea duty assignments, he served as First Lieutenant onboard USS CLEVELAND (LPD-7) from March 2001 through March 2003. After nine consecutive years of sea duty, he reported to the Board of Inspection and Survey in March 2003 and served as a Deck Inspector through June 2004. He reported to Assault Craft Unit Two where he served as the Landing Craft Officer from June 2004 through August 2006. In October 2006, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Transient Personnel Unit Great Lakes where he served until May 2008. He returned to sea serving onboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) from June 2008 through June 2010. From June 2010 through April 2012, he served as Deputy Director of Training at Center for Surface Combat Systems, Dahlgren, VA. He reported onboard Naval Station Norfolk in April 2012 where he served as the Port Operations Officer until October 2013. He was next assigned as Regional Port Operations Officer for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. In January 2015 he reported as Executive Officer in Naval Beach Unit SEVEN.
CDR Oxendine’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and various service, joint and expeditionary medals and ribbons. He holds a Masters in Management degree from American Military University, a Bachelors of Science from Excelsior College, and has a certificate in Homeland Security.