Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Ambassador Morgan: Serving Army Reserve Soldiers

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Ambassador Morgan: Serving Army Reserve Soldiers

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When Dennis Morgan retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel with 28 years of service and 29 years of civil service with the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 1998, he asked himself how he could continue to serve the military and his state. One answer came in the form of an appointment as an Army Reserve Ambassador.

Now in his third term as Ambassador for Rhode Island, Morgan takes every opportunity to recognize and assist Soldiers and their families. From mobilizations to Welcome Home Warrior ceremonies, assisting family support programs or supporting Wounded Warriors fund raising, Morgan tries to be there.

"My philosophy has been that you should spend the first third of your life learning, the next third earning and the last third returning," said Morgan who is also active in many military and fraternal associations.

"I leverage my involvement with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), and work through their related activities and contacts to focus on our military in the current situation," he said.

For the last five years or so, Morgan has been instrumental in organizing tributes to Rhode Island's military in a big way. Most recently he produced a tribute to Rhode Island Soldiers who served or are serving in the Army, Army Reserve and Rhode Island Army National Guard from World War II to the Global War on Terrorism, focusing on the Army Reserve's 100th Anniversary. This was accomplished by bringing together AUSA and ROA organizations; pooling resources and raising funds to cover major costs.

Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief Army Reserve, was present to deliver the keynote message to more than 720 Soldiers, their Families and friends. In addition, AUSA National Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Roger Thompson, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri and the Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Robert Bray expressed heartfelt words of appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Rhode Island's Soldiers and their Families. …

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