Craig Morgan Appointed To Warrant Officer 1 In The Army Reserve, Delivers National Anthem Performance At NFL Pro Bowl

This further proves that the country star will continue to balance both of his passion-fueled career paths.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 5, 2024

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Singer/songwriter Craig Morgan further proves that he can continue to pursue a music career while simultaneously serving his country. Morgan recently took the next step in his journey when he was sworn in as Warrant Officer 1 in the Army Reserve at Huntsville, Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal.

Pinning Ceremony

Morgan’s wife, Karen Greer, was on hand to officiate the ceremony that took place on Saturday, February 3, alongside Chief Warrant Officer 3 William R. Green, John Clement (Deputy State Director/Military Advisor, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn) and a group of the country singer’s close family and friends.

“Amazing day with my Army reserve unit 313th United States Army Band for my pinning ceremony. Special thanks to everyone who came,” he wrote on Instagram. 

Pro Bowl Performance

Following his appointment to Warrant Officer 1, Morgan celebrated both his career paths under one event as he made his way to Orlando, FL to perform the national anthem at 2024’s NFL Pro Bowl. With Morgan dressed in his complete Army uniform and the American flag blanketed on the field underneath him, he delivered the prideful anthem on Sunday, February 4 from Camping World Stadium.

The “International Harvester” singer returned to service last year after previously serving an impressive seventeen years in the Army and Army Reserve with the 101st and 82ndAirborne Divisions. On July 29, 2023, he had the incredible opportunity of being sworn-in to the Army Reserve again from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry alongside General Andrew Poppas, Commander, US Army Forces Command.

“I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves,” Morgan shared via a press release at the time. “I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army.”

Andrew Poppas, Craig Morgan; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo_Grand Ole Opry-
Andrew Poppas, Craig Morgan; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hollo_Grand Ole Opry-

The multi-talented country star has honored his new set of responsibilities in the Army Reserve while also keeping his musical talent afloat through touring and sharing new music with his fans. 

Enlisted Out Now

Last fall, listeners got to experience a mix of of re-recordings and brand-new tunes on Morgan’s star-studded collaboration EP appropriately titled, Enlisted, which is available now. The six-song collection features four re-recordings of songs plucked from Morgan’s early catalog, including “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester.” 

To elevate the new versions of his classic country songs, the Tennessee native recruited several of his friends and fellow country stars to join him in the studio. With help from Lainey Wilson, Blake Shelton, Jelly Roll, and Gary LeVox, the Grand Ole Opry member brought his career full circle as he introduced his career to a whole new generation of fans. 

Additionally, the collection offers two brand-new songs – “Raise The Bar” feat. Luke Combs and “That Ain’t Gonna Be Me” feat. Trace Adkins. 

Craig Morgan; Enlisted Cover Art
Craig Morgan; Enlisted Cover Art

“Making this record has been so much fun because I got to get in the studio with some of my friends and also re-create some of my catalog in a way that feels like brand-new music,” Morgan shared in a statement surrounding the project’s October release.  

Craig Morgan wrapped up his God, Family & Country Tour in 2023, and has added a slew of upcoming shows to the books throughout 2024. His next performances is slated to take place at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL on March 6. 

He will continue with stops in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and more. Included in these upcoming tour dates are several other festivals such as Jiggy With The Piggy Festival, White Pines Music Festival, and Country Jam. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.