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 CDR SAMUEL P. MORRISON
 COMMANDING OFFICER
 
 
    

Commander Morrison, a native of Lexington, Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. In February 2002, he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.  After completing flight training at Whiting Field, Florida and Meridian, Mississippi, he was designated as a Naval Aviator in October 2004.

He completed initial F/A-18E/F training with VFA 122 in Lemoore, California and joined VFA 211 in Virginia Beach, Virginia in September 2005.  In both 2006 and 2007, Commander Morrison deployed with the “Checkmates” aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. 

In July 2008, Commander Morrison was selected to attend the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), graduating in September 2008.  After graduation, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) based at NAWS China Lake, California.  At VX-9, he served as Training Officer, Tactics Branch Head, and Special Programs Assistant Branch Head.

In July 2011, Commander Morrison reported to the “Checkmates” of VFA-211 as the Pilot Training Officer.  During this tour, he deployed aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  In October 2013, Commander Morrison joined the “Golden Dragons” of VFA 192 as a Department Head.  He served as Admin Department Head, Safety Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer and deployed aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 2015.

In March 2016, Commander Morrison reported to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia.  During this tour, he served as a NATO Military Training and Exercise Program (MTEP) programmer and National Exercise Linkage Action Officer. In May 2019, Commander Morrison reported as Executive Officer of VFA-131, deploying with the squadron in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

Commander Morrison earned a Master of Systems Analysis degree (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School and has accumulated more than 2,900 flight hours and 620 carrier landings.  His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (three strike flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as other individual, unit, and campaign awards.​