Wes Morrison (B.A. 1997) Named Recipient of the 2013 Francine M. Delany Alumni Award for Service to the Community
Lieutenant Colonel Wes Morrison currently serves in a dual capacity as the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry (part time) and Deputy J5 for the State Partnership Program and Engagements (Full Time), North Carolina National Guard. As Commander of the 120th Infantry, he commands a 700 soldier Infantry/Armor Combined Arms Battalion. In his full time job, Wes oversees the national State Partnership Program of the NC Guard with the countries of Moldova and Botswana. This partnership is designed to allow NC National Guardsmen to have a military to military training relationship with each country but also introduce our partner nations to other governmental and non-governmental organizations with our state that may assist these nations with their own developing democracies. Wes also oversees outside agency engagements for the NC National Guard with a focus on strategic communications.
He has served as full time National Guardsmen for over 13 years and been a member of the North Carolina National Guardsmen for 18 years, joining during his freshman year at UNC-Asheville. Prior to working full time for the NC National Guard, Wes worked for NC Historic Sites at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and the James K. Polk Memorial.
During his National Guard career, he has commanded an Infantry Company in Iraq in 2004, Executive Officer for the North Carolina Army National Guard Recruiting Battalion and served as the Human Resources Officer for a 4,000 soldier brigade combat team. In 2009, he deployed to Iraq again as the Executive Officer of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 120th Infantry. While on this second tour to Iraq, Wes was able to use his love of history and background in historic preservation to assist the Iraqi Government. He worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Antiquities to secure a Sumerian Era archeological site. The site had been and was currently being looted for ancient artifacts until the project was completed. He has also assisted in the procurement of several modern artifacts from each of his deployments to Iraq that have been transferred to the NC Department of Cultural Resources for display at the NC Transportation Museum and the NC Museum of History.
Wes is currently on the Executive Council for the North Carolina National Guard Association, a group who represents over 15,000 active and retired National Guardsmen to local and nationally elected officials on issues important to NC National Guardsmen and their families. He also serves on the board of the North Carolina Military Historical Society. This society promotes the study of North Carolina’ rich military history and administers the North Carolina Military History Museum at Fort Fisher, NC. He serves as Vice President of the 30th Infantry Division Association, a group of combat veterans from World War II and Iraq who seek the perpetuate the history and legacy of the 30th Infantry Division and 30th Brigade Combat Team. Wes and his family (wife Xena and two girls, Bella and Sophia) are members of Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church where he serves on the Youth Commission to assist in planning Youth Events at the church.
Wes has published three articles in US Army professional journals. ( Infantry and Armor Magazines). One article on Campaign Design in 2009 Iraq and two other articles on the history of innovation in warfare. His military awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster.
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