Country star Craig Morgan—who spent almost 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions—was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal on June 23 in recognition of his dedication to entertaining troops and their families around the world. The presentation took place at the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA) annual Army Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal is one of the highest awards that the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian. The Army recognized Craig for his significant dedication to supporting military members who have served their country, often in harm’s way. Craig has made 15 overseas tours for U.S. troops and performed for more than 37,000 service members and their families all over the world.
Craig, who has scored numerous Top 10 hits over his career (“That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Bonfire”), recently completed his 10th USO Tour to entertain U.S. military members stationed overseas. The eight-day tour visited seven countries and included stops in western Tokyo, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Spain as well as the Korean Peninsula where the U.S. Army veteran was once stationed.
Craig served in the Army for nearly two decades, both as an active duty soldier and in the reserves.
photo by Louis Katz