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Video: Country music star Craig Morgan reenlists in Army Reserve on stage, surprising his patriotic audience

Country music artist Craig Morgan performs for a group of deployed Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Fenty, May 5, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim, RC-East PAO/Released)
July 31, 2023

Country music artist and American veteran Craig Morgan reenlisted in the United States Army Reserve Saturday on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, demonstrating his continued commitment to serving his country.

Morgan, age 59, told Fox News, “I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves. I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army.”

Morgan, known for his hit “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” has an illustrious military past, with 17 years of service in the Army and Army Reserve under his belt.

Morgan’s military experience spans a variety of roles including E-6 Staff Sergeant, Fire Support Specialist and assignments with the esteemed 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions.

Marking the occasion of Saturday’s ceremony, Morgan posted a photo of himself in an Army uniform on Instagram, captioning the post, “Once a soldier, always a soldier. I love our country.”

General Andrew Poppas, who presided over the ceremony, spoke highly of Morgan’s decision, “Every Soldier who enters the Army has the opportunity to become the best version of themselves, and Staff Sgt. Morgan is no exception. I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes and how he impacts other Soldiers around the Army.”

The beloved country musician also has a track record of contributing to the Army outside of his active service. Morgan’s significant work with the USO has earned him the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the USO Merit Award.

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Despite coming from a musical family, Morgan only considered a professional singing career in the later stages of his military tenure.

Morgan previously told Fox News, “It wasn’t until later in my military career that I thought that I could possibly pursue it as a profession.”

During his time in the service, Morgan composed and performed songs that won awards and resonated with fellow soldiers.

After reenlisting, Morgan remains committed to his musical pursuits, continuing to release music and tour, while serving his nation.

His dedication to both the Army and music are a testament to his resilience and adaptability. As he navigates the intertwined paths of music and military service, Morgan’s story serves as an inspiration to many Americans.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.