SSI Debbie Callaghan, County PRO Greater Manchester ACF
After our last brilliant speaker on the 9 February, we are looking forward to this coming week when we have our next speaker, WO1 (Comd SM) Dean Morgan, on the 17 February at 7pm.
WO1 (Comd SM) Dean Morgan (see bio below) has served almost 26 years in the Army. Reading his bio on what he has achieved so far is very interesting and will make great listening too when he joins us on the zoom meeting.
I hope many of you will attend the meeting as WO1 Morgan is really looking forward to speaking about his experience and answer any questions you may want to ask him.
The meeting is again open to all cadets in HQ North West Region. We are honoured that so many joined us for our last meeting and will be happy for even more of you to join this one. Please spread the word to your fellow cadets.
The counties are Cheshire ACF, Cumbria ACF, Isle of Man ACF, Lancs ACF and Merseyside ACF. The joining link will be sent to your County PRO's.
Please save the date in your diary and see you on the night.
WO1 (Comd SM) Dean Morgan joined the Army in October 1995 aged 16, on completion of training he joined the 1st Bn Welsh Guards in Wellington Barracks, London where he took up his first role as a Guardsman in a rifle company. He remained in 1WG until 1998 where he deployed to Northern Ireland with the 1st Bn Scots Guards.
On return, he joined the Reconnaissance Platoon where he trained in light role and armoured recce. After completing the JNCO’s cadre at Household Division and Parachute Regiment Centralised Courses, WO1 Morgan promoted to LCpl in 2002 whilst deployed with the Enhanced Divisional Reconnaissance Capability Platoon in Bosnia.
After successfully qualifying as a section commander following the section commanders battle course, he promoted to LSgt in 2004 and deployed as a team commander to Basra, Iraq on OP TELIC 5. On returning from Iraq, WO1 Morgan was posted to ITC Catterick as an Instructor.
WO1 Morgan promoted to Sgt in 2008 after attending the platoon sergeants battle course, shortly after he was deployed to Helmand Province as a Platoon Sergeant in the summer of 2009. From 2010- 2012 WO1 Morgan was selected to be a CSgt Instructor at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which included a STTT to the Jordanian Officer’s Academy. In 2012 he took up appointment as a rifle company CQMS.
On successful promotion to WO2 he assumed the role of CSM of a rifle company, this appointment included a BG exercise on Ex Askari Storm, Kenya. WO1 Morgan was then selected to be the DSgt, assisting in delivering the Queen’s Birthday Parade, and Presentation of New Colours in 2015. In 2016 Morgan assumed his third WO2 appointment as the RQMS (M).
WO1 Morgan assumed the role of Regimental Sergeant Major of 1st Bn Welsh Guards in April 2017, during which he deployed as part of the MN Kabul Protection Unit on Op TORAL 6. On completion of being RSM 1WG, he was selected to be the third British student to attend the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA). Whilst studying at USASMA, WO1 Morgan was awarded a BA in Leadership and Workforce Development from the United States Command and General Staff College. On graduation, WO1 Morgan was appointed as the Comd SM, Home Command and Standing Joint Command (UK).