Commander Patrick Morley is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his commission in 2001 from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics. He was designated a Naval Aviator in August 2003 and completed Fleet Replacement Training in the SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk helicopter at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10), Naval Air Station North Island, California.
Commander Morley’s operational tours include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SEVEN (HS-7) “Dusty Dogs” as the Quality Assurance Officer and Training Department Head; Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) as the Helicopter Operations Officer, Personnel Recovery Officer, and the Strike Group’s Helicopter Element Coordinator; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN (HSC-7) “Dusty Dogs” as the Safety, Training, and Operations Officer. During these tours he deployed aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), and USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and the Partnership of the Americas. He also participated in the rescue and relief operations in Louisiana and Mississippi during Joint Task Force Katrina.
Commander Morley's shore assignments include U.S. Central Command’s Joint Personnel Recovery Center in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, where he served as a Watch Floor Supervisor; the Naval Aviation Warfare Development Center’s Rotary Wing Weapons School where he served as the Helicopter Air Wing Coordinator, Subject Matter Expert for Combat Search and Rescue and Rotary Wing Close Air Support, and Mountain Flying Instructor; and the Defense Technology Security Administration, where he served in the Policy Directorate as the Senior Assistant for Arms Control.
Commander Morley is a graduate of the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI), Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), and Mountain Flying courses in Fallon, Nevada. He also graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and various other unit and campaign ribbons.