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Evangelo "Vann" Morris is a former nuclear powered ballistic missile Submariner, Afghanistan-deployed combat Veteran, and retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer (SWO). This decorated and educated Vet has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis (TN), and an array of military achievements.
During his 30 years with the U.S. government, he travelled to 45 countries conducting major operations with personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Special Operations Forces. In 2001, his team seized 14 tons of pure cocaine during a Colombian drug raid - the largest drug bust in U.S. maritime history. During his last two tours of duty, he proudly served at the U.S. Pentagon in Washington D.C. and United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. Parallel with his military career,
Vann has been public speaking and acting for well over 20 years. His wife (Rita) and three sons are all proud U.S. Veterans.
Through his worldly experience, Vann has had the opportunity to meet and speak with a multitude of individuals, some of which have created a profound impact on his life through their own story telling. From this, he has realized that we are all more alike as Americans than we realize. Vann recognizes that together, we can work to mend the divide between us to heal America.
Evangelo "Vann" Morris is a prior enlisted Lieutenant Commander (LCDR), US Navy, Retired, having served in the military for 25 years. He grew up in the small village of Folsom, LA and began his naval career as an enlisted Sailor onboard ballistic missile nuclear powered submarines, where he received training on nuclear propulsion and advanced thermonuclear weapons. After graduating college, the U.S. Navy commissioned him as an Ensign in the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community, where he lead Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams in the Arabian Gulf and the Caribbean Sea. His VBSS team seized 14 metric tons of pure cocaine in a single Colombian drug raid, which was a at the time, a maritime world record.
Throughout his naval career, he has visited 45 countries and deployed while onboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibs, and submarines. His final three shore tours were the Pentagon in D.C., 82nd Airborne Division in Bagram, Afghanistan, and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa. His final three Operational duties were Combat Systems Officer, Anti-Terrorism Officer, and Tactical Action Officer all onboard the guided missile destroyer USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85).
After retiring in 2014, he remained at SOCOM as an Information Operations (IO) Subject Matter Expert (SME) in support of major geographic (combatant) commands in select continents. As an IO SME, he coaches, teaches, and mentors in the field of Psychological Operations, Military Deception, OPSEC, Electronic Warfare, Social Media, Public Affairs, and Key Leadership Engagements.
Evangelo "Vann" Morris
Vann has given motivational speeches to military commands, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and special events for over 20 years. His most popular performance is Old Glory (flag personification), where he performs on average 50 times per year, with crowd sizes ranging from 200 to 6,000 people.
Vann has been making motivational speeches for the military, churches, corporations, and schools for over 20 years. He is incredibly passionate about making every individual feel recognized, seen, and cared for.
Vann's passion comes from experience - he has been grossly exploited, abused, and endured hostilities in combat, yet he learned to adapt and overcome. His goal is to help you do the same.
Vann will greatly enhance your event. He understands the importance of integrating your organization's motto into his powerful and electrifying speeches.
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