Colonel Mark Morrell

Colonel Mark R. Morrell is the Commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, located at Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As Commander, he is responsible for leading, training, and equipping 1100 Airmen of the Wing whose primary mission set includes generation and employment of fighter aviation air power worldwide. The 114th Fighter Wing also provides aircraft and manpower in support of NORADs aerospace control alert mission. In addition, The 114th Fighter Wing provides civil support to the Governor of the State of South Dakota.


Colonel Morrell entered the Air Force in May 1999 as a graduate of South Dakota State University and as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 780. He served on Active Duty for 12 years before transitioning home to the South Dakota Air National Guard. He has been assigned to numerous operational and staff positions at the squadron, group and wing levels. Colonel Morrell is a Command Pilot with over 2,700 flying hours, is qualified as an Instructor Pilot, and is both a graduate of and former instructor at the United States Air Force Weapons School. He has taken part in training operations in South Korea, Alaska, Italy, Japan, and Jordan. He has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel along with NATOs Resolute Support Mission.


Prior to his current assignment, he was the 114th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, 114th Operations Group Commander, and 114th Operations Support Squadron Commander; all at Joe Foss Field, South Dakota.


EDUCATION
1999 Bachelor of Science in Biology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.
2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2007 USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2015 Air War College, by correspondence
2017 Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, S.D.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1999 – January 2000, Squadron Section Commander, 5th Operations Support Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
2. January 2000 – August 2001, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. September 2001 – May 2002, Student, F-16 Training, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. May 2002 – June 2003, Electronic Combat Pilot, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, ROK
5. June 2003 – June 2006, Flight Commander/Instructor Pilot, 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
6. June 2006 – January 2007, Chief of Training, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. January 2007 – June 2007, Student, United States Air Force Weapons School, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. June 2007 – May 2009, Chief of F-16 Programs, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. June 2009 – May 2010, Chief of Wing Scheduling/F-16 Weapons Instructor, 57th Operations Support Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. June 2010 – November 2011, SEAD Flight Commander, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
11. November 2011 – December 2014, Wing Program Manager, 114th Operations Support Squadron, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
12. January 2015 – December 2017, Commander, 114th Operations Support Squadron, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
13. December 2017 – January 2019, Commander, 114th Operations Group, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
14. February 2019 – August 2019, Vice Commander, 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
15. September 2019 – Present, Commander, 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, S.D.


FLIGHT INFORMATION Rating: Command Pilot Flight hours: More than 2,700 Aircraft flown: F-16CM, T-38, T-37

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with star
Iraqi Campaign Medal with star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
Non Article 5 NATO Medal – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
South Dakota Distinguished Unit Citation
South Dakota National Guard Service

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1999
First Lieutenant June 2, 2001
Captain June 2, 2003
Major March 1, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel March 28, 2013
Colonel Dec. 22, 2017

(Current as of November 2019)