Biography of Morgan Jellett

Brig. Gen. US Army

 (Deceased 12-22-2020)

Morgan Jellett graduated from University of Nevada in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering. While at Nevada he played varsity basketball as a point guard and was on the varsity track team.  He was President of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, President of Sigma Tau Engineering Fraternity, a member of Blue Key and Coffin and Keys. He was Cadet Commander of the University of Nevada ROTC Brigade, and graduated distinguished military graduate (DMG) receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army-Air Defense Artillery.

In 1971 he received a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology in Alabama.

His military education included the Air Defense Artillery basic and advanced courses, Fort Bliss, Texas. After officer’s basic course, he completed Ranger and Airborne Schools. Later, he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.

His command experience included the 3rd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (HAWK), 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Germany, and the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Subsequent tours included the Republic of Vietnam; the Air Defense Board, Fort Bliss, Headquarters, Army Air Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Korea; the Combat Developments Directorate, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss; deputy chief of staff for Operations and Training, 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Germany. He also served as military staff assistant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Then, he served as deputy program manager for integration in the Air Defense Programs Office, U.S. Army missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. He was project manager for the Airborne Optical Adjunct (AOA), a part of the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command (USASDC), and command director for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Combat Operations, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado.

He was selected for Brigadier General in July 1987.  His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge as well as the Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.

Following retirement from the Army, he was active in Habitat for Humanity leading the construction of seven homes in ten days. He was the conference and Council President of St Vincent de Paul in El Paso Texas.  St Vincent De Paul provides rent, utility and medical assistance for the needy; it is an all- volunteer organization whose volunteers make home visits to help the needy.

He was the Huntsville AL, Council President of St Vincent De Paul, serving all of North Alabama with over twenty-four thousand people and provided over one million dollars in financial and in-kind aid in 2018.  During his tenure he initiated a Low-Cost Loan Program which paid off the high interest costs from title and signature loans and provided a loan of 1.0 % interest.

He headed the North Alabama Coalition for the Mentally Ill which assigned two case workers to work with the mentally ill to keep them out of jail, and to arrange housing for them. Other programs instituted include: a car repair program to either repair cars or provide vehicles to those needing transportation for work (over 400 vehicles have been repaired and seventy vehicles placed) and a Gear Program to provide needed clothing and equipment for those needing these items for employment.

Morgan was the St Vincent De Paul National Vice President for the South East Region which encompasses the eight Southeastern States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He was deployed to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to help in disaster relief.

He was active in the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville helping build ramps to give disabled access to their homes. He and his lovely wife Ceil were married for forty-nine years and had two sons, Matt, a patent lawyer with the US Patent office and Tim, a geological engineer in Florida.  They have three grandchildren.

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