Cmdr. Keith Morris
Cmdr. Keith Morris, a native of Augusta, Georgia, enlisted in the Navy in 1987. Following the completion of basic training, he attended Air Traffic Control “A” and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) “C” school course in Millington, Tennessee.
In March 1988, Morris reported to USS Midway, Yokosuka, Japan, where he served during the first Gulf War and advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. After Japan, he transferred to Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, where he was designated facility watch supervisor and advanced to Air Traffic Controller First Class. Completing his tour in Mississippi, Morris returned to Japan to serve onboard the USS Independence and the USS Kitty Hawk. While onboard, he served as leading petty officer and qualified CATCC supervisor. Finishing his tour in Japan, Morris reported to Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola, Florida, where he served as an air traffic control instructor and was commissioned to Ensign via the Limited Duty Officer program.
In April 2001, Morris reported to NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as the air traffic control facility office (ATCFO) and assistant air operations officer (Air OPS). From Willow Grove, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia to serve onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). During this tour, he completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf, one onboard the George Washington and the second onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
In December 2005, Morris transferred to NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as ATCFO and community plans and liaison officer. During this tour he completed a six-month Individual Augmentation (IA) to Djibouti, Africa, working as air operations officer for Camp Lemonier. From Texas, Morris reported to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) (BHR) out of San Diego, California. Onboard BHR, he served as legal officer and qualified Officer of the Deck, Underway. Additionally, during this tour, Morris completed a one-year IA to Kabul, Afghanistan, working as an advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
From BHR, Morris transferred to NAS Point Mugu, California, serving as both the ATCFO and Air OPS. From Point Mugu, he returned to San Diego to serve on the staff of Commander, Tactical Air Control Group One and Commander Naval Surface Forces, Pacific. In April 2019, he reported to NATTC Pensacola, Florida, serving as department head for air traffic control department. Morris reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Florida in January 2020, where he currently serves as the executive officer.
Morris holds a B.S. in Applied Science from Thomas Edison State College and a M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University.