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The lasting legacy of Command Chief Betty L. G. Morgan

Official photo for Command Chief Betty Morgan

Command Chief Master Sgt. Betty Morgan poses for an official photo.

SAVANNAH AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ga. -- Having one “first to achieve” accomplishment is not easy to obtain - but having four is remarkable. Retired Command Chief Master Sgt. Betty L. G. Morgan made history for the Georgia Air National Guard in April 1997 when she became the first African-American, and the first female command chief for the165th Airlift Wing, Savannah, Ga. Then again, in January 2003, she became the first African-American and first female command chief for the Georgia Air National Guard, Marietta, Ga.

This year, for Black History month, we highlight her legacy of firsts.

“It was overwhelming to know that it was I who had accomplished those firsts,” Morgan said recounting how she felt after reaching her accomplishments.

Her legacy continues to live on throughout the halls of the unit and she hopes it encourages other young Airmen just beginning their careers.

“Always remember the core values - Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do - this is what it is all about to become an American Airman,” Morgan said.

Morgan began her career with the 165th AW in March 1978 as a personnelist. Not only was she a history-making Airman, she also made notable accomplishments in her civilian career as an educator – earning several noteworthy awards, Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000 and 2005 at Hubert Middle School, twice recognized as Who’s Who Among America’s Best Teachers and a WTOC Top Teacher.