Here is a picture of Jason Morgan far left and TJ Sopher middle and William
Barnwell far right while they were deployed in Ecuador. This was a couple
days before Jason's accident.
William Barnwell on the right in the picture is the Outstanding AF Weather
Airman of the Year from Det 5, 10th Combat Weather Squadron.
From Lt Col Funk: Jason sounded great today (8 Sep 99). He wanted to know
how he could get in touch with some of his friends and wanted to be invited
to the next AFSOC PT test. He liked the idea of doing something for the
Weather Parachutists Association (Johnny's idea). Jason also wanted to
let all of us know that he and his family appreciated the support he's
gotten from everyone since the accident. Couldn't have done it without
you guys...thanks. Here is his info.
Jason and Carla Morgan
25417 Walker South Road, Denham Springs LA 70726
From MSgt Johnnie Reid: Well – It’s 24 Sep now, and I just
got off the phone with Jason. He’s doing VERY well, and has even
been walking with crutches and special braces! The doctors have said his
recovery has been
significantly improved by his superior physical fitness, but that should
come as no surprise. He’s hopeful to be chosen as a candidate for
some cutting-edge nerve grafting surgery that has enjoyed some amazing
success. I’m sure we all wish him luck with being chosen for it!
He agreed to assist us in the WPA with web site design and may even end
up being our webmaster, once the new site gets up and running. He feels
it’s one way he can show his appreciation for all the support and
encouragement he has received from his Airborne Brothers and Sisters.
He really sounds in good spirits, and wanted to extend his thanks to all
of us for helping him and his family in their time of crisis. I told him
it was our pleasure to help out a fellow Airborne Brother!
Taking Care of Our Own - SrA Jason Morgan Fund
Please take a moment to read this accident account and related
correspondence. One of our "own" in Air Force Weather
was seriously injured
earlier in June 99 while deployed in support of our nation. Our
prayers go out to him, his wife, and 3 young children, as well as the
soldiers. A special fund is available for donations to help the
family -- see below.
SrA Jason Morgan with BGen Fred Lewis during the
AF Director of
Weather's visit to Ft Bragg in January 1999
SrA Jason Morgan is an airborne-qualified weather forecaster assigned
to OL-A,10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hunter AAF, GA. He was deployed
on a real-world mission in Ecuador supporting the 160th Special OperationsAviation
Regiment (SOAR). While deployed he was involved in a line-of-duty
accident. Two US Army soldiers and SrA Morgan were riding in a vehicle
that overturned and seriously injured all three. SrA Morgan was
face down in a contaminated ditch for an unspecified period of time and
was diagnosed as a "near drowning victim." He ingested
a lot of contaminated water into his lungs that only compounded the problem.
One of the soldiers and SrA Morgan also sustained severe back injuries.
Those two were medevac'd to Wilford Hall in San Antonio TX where they
are being treated. Short term prognosis for SrA Morgan is better
-- he is no longer fighting for his life. Long term is not so good
-- Permanent paralysis from the chest down is likely.
SrA Morgan has a wife and three very young children (3 yrs old, 1 1/2
old, and 6 mos old). All are currently at Wilford Hall at Jason's
As you can imagine, this family is in for an extremely difficult financial
bind. Their short-term needs are many and their long term needs
great to even think about. Please keep the Morgans in your prayers.
The 10th CWS has set up a fund for the Morgans and they've begun to take
donations. Any and all donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.
From Lt Col Scott Funk, Commander 10th CWS --
I am deeply moved by your show of support for SrA Morgan, Carla, and
their three children. We have set up a not-for-profit fund at a
for Jason and his family, to cover their immediate needs. If you
to make a donation the following information is provided:
Account Name: Jason Morgan Fund (this is the name any future
checks will be made out to)
Account Number: 0174556
Routing Number: 063206207
Bank: First National Bank and Trust
Parkway, P.O. Drawer 1327
Fort Walton Beach,
The last two items, Routing Number and Bank, will be necessary if anyone
wants to wire money directly into the account.
If you want to send donations to us our address is:
210 Bennett Avenue
Hurlburt Field FL 32544-5706
I talked with Dr. Talbert at Wilford Hall on 15 June. Jason is alert,
recognizes his wife and children and is talking with the doctors.
have to do a complete neurological examination to determine if there was
any neurological damage, but at this point things look promising.
He has developed a respiratory infection as a result of having the breathing
tube in for so long, but
hopefully this will only be a minor speedbump on the road to recovery.
have not set a date for the surgery to stabilize his spine. Thank
Jason was a member of the Texas Air Guard's 181st Weather Flight, prior
entering active duty. MSgt Larry Beck of the 181st sent a note referencing
their intent to support this worthy cause. He's also working on
Texas Air Guard energized as well.
An earlier message from Lt Col Scott Funk -
All, I have a new hero...her name is Carla Morgan. I was with Carla
past Saturday morning (12 June) at Wilford Hall when Dr. Papier explained
condition, and his immediate and far future. She never flinched and at
end said, "I guess this is what God has prepared me for." If
I'm ever in a
similar situation, I hope I have half the courage she showed. Jason's
condition has stabilized. His lungs are healing and death is no longer
imminent. He is still heavily sedated and on a respirator until they feel
his lungs are ready to function on their own. They will begin to reduce
sedation today (Sunday) or tomorrow in an effort to bring him out of the
induced coma and determine if his mental faculties were affected by the
drowning. They will also determine if he can withstand surgery to stabilize
his back injury. That surgery will occur sometime between Monday and Friday
of this week. Once the back is stabilized they will be able to determine
extent of his paralysis. Right now they believe he will be paralyzed from
about the mid-chest down. The doctor believes that within a month Jason
be boarded by a medical evaluation board and medically retired and moved
an area of his choice that has a VA hospital with a spinal rehab unit.
Dallas, Tx, is a possibility since his parents currently live there. Now,
more than ever, Jason, Carla, and their children need your thoughts,
prayers, and support. The future holds many unknowns for them. Also, please
let's not forget SPC Travis Hamilton. He was involved in the accident
Jason and also suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He will be paralyzed
from about the waist down. He needs your prayers also. I was extremely
impressed with the level and quality of care they received at Wilford
There are angels everywhere, and a bunch of them have gathered at Lackland.
If you ever see any of the following people, say thank you, buy them a
whatever we can do so that they know their caring and generosity have
gone unnoticed: - Dr. Lt Col Kenneth Papier, Attending Physician, Critical
Care Service. Tremendous skills, great bedside manner and cares as much
about the family as the patient. - Darla Sekimoto, LMSW, Hospital Social
Worker. Continues to make sure Carla Morgan and their children get the
physical and spiritual support they need to get through the crisis. -
Sylvia Flores, Family Support Center, Lackland. Has bent over backwards
arrange AFAS support, and provide the physical things Carla needs to set
house at Lackland until Jason can go home. - Ms. Marilyn Goldrum, Asst.
Manager, TLF, Lackland. Somehow arranged to get Carla and her family on
in the Temporary Living Facility when everyone said there was nothing
available. And there are many more.
The Air Weather Association first received this news on 14 June from Johnny
Reid of the Weather Parachutist's Association. He is deployed in
heard the news from others in AFSOC. Since then, e-mail messages
spread through many commands by AF Weather Chiefs, AFSOC and even AF weather
personnel at Space Command. We take care of our own!
Update -- On 29 June, Jason just got out of surgery for stabilizing
and things went well, no complications. Jason has feeling down to the
button area, however, the doctor thinks that's as good as it'll get. If
things continue to progress as expected, he should be out of that hospital
and into rehab in about 10 days.
For further information contact: AirWeaAssn@aol.com