Texas GOP Featured Voice: Roy Morales
by TexasGOPVote on February 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Morales, United States Air Force-Retired, is a military veteran, who retired in 2002 with over 23 years of service to his country. Roy is the product of a hard-working Mexican American family that has deep roots in the Houston area. In the Great Storm of 1900, Roy’s Great-Grandmother held on fiercely to her three young sons, sadly two were swept away but she was able to hold on to her youngest son, Roy’s Grandfather. They survived and this would prove to be one of the many challenges the family would encounter on their journey to a better life. After the Great Storm, Roy’s Great-Grandmother moved back to Magnolia which now part of Congressional District 29.
Growing up, Roy’s father and mother both held jobs to make ends meet. Roy’s father was a union laborer and his mother was a salesperson in a jewelry store. Through hard work and leading by example, Roy understood that the American Dream was attainable. He went on to get his education, graduate and pursue a military career. As an enlisted soldier, Roy rose to the rank of Officer, retiring after a distinguished career as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served over 23 years with many medals and honors.
Colonel Morales is a summa cum laude graduate with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a graduate with a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Chapman University. He also earned a M.S. degree in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Roy’s work with the United States Air Force included joint operations with NASA. Roy served as an Operations Director for the Space Shuttle Operations Division in California. He directed mission control activities in support of Space Shuttle missions and trained with astronauts on behalf of the Department of Defense’s national defense priorities. While assigned to Strategic Defense Initiative Office he was selected as one of the top Air Force engineers in 1994. He managed the integration of $1 Billion satellite projects that were launched on the Space Shuttle and Titan rocket. While assigned to the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, he developed a warfare plan to protect NATO aircraft in support of operations in the Balkans. On September 11, 2001, he developed the military objectives that were sent to the White House to respond to the terrorist attacks. While at the Pentagon, he authored the Global Information Warfare Planning Order to defeat terrorism.