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Greer Native Serving In US Navy

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

August 07, 2019 - 10:06 am

By Lt. Courtney Prizer, Navy Office of Community Outreach

PEARL HARBOR –A Greer, South Carolina, native and 2011 James F. Byrnes High School graduate with family ties to Louisville, Kentucky, is serving in the U.S. Navy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Morgan serves as a Navy yeoman assigned to Navy Region Hawaii in the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of operations. The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. 

As a Navy yeoman, Morgan is responsible for all administrative and human resources programs for the command. 

Morgan credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Greer. 

“My hometown taught me the value of putting in 100 percent effort,” said Morgan. 

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. 

Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means Morgan is serving in a part of the world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” 

The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world's population, many of the world's largest and smallest economies, several of the world's largest militaries, and many U.S. allies. The Navy has been pivotal in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region for decades. 

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Morgan is most proud of being selected to serve with the Navy Ceremonial Guard at his first command. 

“I was proud to have been chosen,” said Morgan. “It took weeks of drilling with rifles, marching and paying close attention to details like our uniform preparation.” 

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Morgan and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. 

“Navy Region Hawaii is a great place to work that is surrounded by rich history and beautiful beaches and attractions,” added Morgan. “Serving in the Navy means I get to travel to places I never would have been able to otherwise.” 

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