Michael Morales

September 17, 1977May 8, 2020

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Brian D. Banks

May 23, 2020

My time with Mike at the Pentagon was short. However in that short time we shared stories, talked about family, life and the future. It was always a pleasure to see Morales walk through the door, he always had that BIG smile on his face and you could always count on him not just being positive but making those around him feel like they were on top of the world. I was so proud Of his accomplishments, and remember how happy he was to retire and start his new chapter in his life. You will he missed my friend! My best to you, your family, and all around the world that we’re blessed to be in your presence if just for a short moment. My prayers go out to you and your family. There is no doubt in my mind that EVERYONE loved Mike! They either wanted to be like you, be around you, or just know that they could count on you for whatever it may be! Thanks for just being you!!!!

Sergio Anaya

May 23, 2020

It is August 22, 2013, and USAF Academy classmates (’99) assigned to US Southern Command celebrated their selection for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. That day, we reminisced how it was just yesterday that we were getting off the bus at the Academy to start day one of Basic Cadet Training. Upon graduation, little would we know how the acts of September 11, 2011, would shape our careers. We made it this far in great part because of our friendship since the Academy days. That friendship became a bond, and through that bond we became family. Mike, our family will never be the same without you, it can’t be. But rest assured, that we will do our best to continue your legacy. You accomplished so much, but above all, you cared. Like the song says…“It’s been a long day without you my friend…and I will tell you more about it when I see you again….Here's a toast to the host / Of those who love the vastness of the sky...”

Pictured: Marty Weaks, Sean Bearman, Dan Diehl, Michael Morales , Ehren Carl, Sergio Anaya

JoAnne “JO” Bass

May 23, 2020

I had the honor of meeting and serving with Mike at the 86th Operations Support Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. He was my Director of Operations, and I was the squadron Superintendent. Those were some memorable times — a tight knit crew, amazing culture, and he was a big part of that. He aimed to be the best DO he could be...and in turn, bring out the best in every Airmen under that umbrella of responsibility.

Because we live in a small world, and smaller AF...our paths crossed again at the pentagon.

He remained the same beacon of light, care, compassion. He was an authentic leader and friend. Whenever we’d meet up for a quick coffee or lunch...he was fully present, engaged and had a gift of making others feel important. Months might pass, but when we saw each other nothing changed. He’d ask how I’m doing. Ask about my husband and kids by name.

He was also a humble leader. He wasn’t shy to reach out for “chiefly” advice. He valued the perspective of others around him.

I’m a better Airman and person because of him. I’m humbled to have had the chance to run this race with him...if even for a short while. RIP Mike. A great American, leader, Airman, and friend.


May 21, 2020

I first met Mike and his family during a family vacation at Sandy Cove in Maryland several years back (see photo). Our families had similar core values and similar levels of chaos (we have 6 kids). Our boys at the same age spent the week hanging out together and even stayed in touch some afterwards. Mike and I stayed connected as well as he was in the process of making a series of transitions over the last few years. Was glad to have him speak into my life and him ask me to do likewise in his life. It can feel like there are two types of people, those who take life from you and those who give you life. Mike was one of those who gave you life in each of your touch points with him in life. Mike's unspeakable joy came from his intimate relationship with God (1 Peter 1:8). At this time I have such an unspeakable sorrow for his family as they process this so very sad experience. Praying often for them for God to comfort them as He promises (2 Corinthians 1). If there anything I can do, other than pray, just ask...

Kwabena Antwi

May 20, 2020

I am a Ghana Air Force pilot and had the opportunity to work with him.Very inspiring person and a gentleman. Will always remember him.My condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul rest in peace.

Rhys Smith

May 20, 2020

I met Mike at a conference in Utah. We both arrived early and had lunch together, swapping stories of life in the military and being fathers. We took mountain bikes out in the foothills above Park City and had a wild time acting like young boys again!
Mike and I spoke many times over the last 12 months. My heart goes out to his family. I will think of him every time that I'm in the hills on my bike.
With love, Rhys

Kwasi Adjekum

May 19, 2020

My heart is really heavy on hearing about the demise of my good friend and brother Michael Morales 😔 We met at the U.S. Airforce Safety Center in 2004 while taking the Flight Safety Officers Course. Your collegiality, warmth and love for God was the fulcrum of our 16 year friendship.

I was a Ghanaian Airforce officer/pilot and you were a captain and aircraft commander/ instructor on the C-17 in the U.S Airforce. We became very good friends and shared ideas on flying, safety and above all our faith in Jesus Christ.

I remember joining you and your then fiancee Elisha for church services in Albuquerque a couple of times.

We kept our friendship even when we all transitioned from our various air force.

I went into academia and you into motivational speaking, mentoring and corporate governance. We always lifted each other up during lower ebbs and periods of success.

I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to Elisha and the Mo brothers. I pray that God will keep you safely in His bosom. Rest in perfect peace.

You were and will always be a great friend and beautiful soul😥. Adiós, amigo. Te quiero mucho.Te vamos a extrañar.🙏

Vera Zakem

May 18, 2020

I have been speechless at the thought that Mike is no longer with us. Seeing so many shared memories and responses warms my heart to think how loved Mike was. I met Mike through my friend Fred and the White House Fellows family, when Mike was transitioning out of the military. At the time, I had just started at Twitter, and Mike and I spent time brainstorming ways he can make contributions in the private sector. Over the last several years, I have gotten to know him very well. This is the guy that always had a smile on his face, looked on the bright side of things, even when things got tough, and always, always, would go out of the way to connect friends and to help those around him. I totally saw him as the next CEO, member of Congress, you name it. He also always talked about his devotion to his family, and how much he adored his sons.

I'll miss him, and hope he is shining upon all of us from up above.

Carson Dodds

May 18, 2020

Elisha, Gabriel, Diego, Kai, and Izzy...

Words cannot express how sad I am for your loss. Mike was a tremendous husband, father, officer, and friend. You may not remember, but your family was kind enough to let me live with you guys for a week in March of 2013 in NJ right before I deployed. Since I could not be with my family, knowing that you all opened your home up to me meant so much. Mike was an outstanding role model and someone that I genuinely tried to model my life after. I know he will be missed greatly.

Please know that we are praying for your family during these times.

Matthew Carmody

May 18, 2020

Mike will always have a place in my heart and impact on my life. I had the pleasure to be Mike's classmate (USAFA '99) and play rugby with him. I'll never forget the many times that he scored and came running back to group hugs with his huge smile beaming from ear to ear.

It is an honor to have been a part of your life.

Here's a toast... brother!


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