Armed Forces Week: Helping others pays off

By: michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette
May 11, 2014 Updated: May 11, 2014 at 9:58 am
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As an intelligence analyst for Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team, Staff Sgt. Anthony Morris doesn't get to see the sun much on the job.

He makes up for it on the many golf courses along the Front Range.

"I'm not a good golfer, but I try," Morris said. "The courses are nice, but mostly I like how the ball goes a lot farther here."

With the exception of nine months in Kuwait with 1st Brigade, Morris said he has been at Fort Carson for three years and he has played most of the courses from Pueblo to Castle Rock. His favorite is the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course.

"Every hole has a view," he said.

Morris is nominated for Outstanding Enlisted Member of the Year for mid-level sergeants.

The award will be handed out at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Armed Forces Week Luncheon on Tuesday.

"I like volunteering. I like helping soldiers to make sure they don't get into trouble," Morris said.

While many soldiers charge into the weekend throwing caution to the wind, and sometimes ruin their careers by drinking and driving, Morris hangs up his Army combat uniform and dons the black hoodie of Designated Driver of Colorado Springs.

As a No DUI volunteer, Morris and a partner often spend weekends and holidays watching movies in his car outside the Sand Creek Division of the Colorado Springs Police Department waiting for a call from spirited imbibers. No questions asked, the pair pick up people and drive them and their car home, free of charge.

Though the nomination is an honor, he said the chance to spread the message is important. "It is an honor to represent the military community, and to demonstrate that many military members like to volunteer," Morris said.

Morris grew up in Columbia, Mo., and comes from a long line of military service. His father served as a Marine.

"We didn't talk for a while after I joined the Army," Morris said with a laugh.

Morris' wife of three years, also a Missouri native, is a dental assistant and works six days a week. They enjoy hiking around Colorado Springs.

Morris said volunteering helps him spend his time constructively.

To the community's detriment, Morris won't be in Colorado Springs much longer.

He leaves for Virginia and the National Ground Intelligence Center this month.

But he hopes other soldiers and service members in the community will learn from his work, regardless of whether he is named Outstanding Enlisted Member of the Year.

"Give back to the community," Morris said.

"It takes some of your time, but it pays off. It's a feeling of accomplishment."

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