Michael Morales is a Lieutenant Colonel and pilot in the United States Air Force
He is currently serving as a White House Fellow placed at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he leads major strategic partnerships such as the Small Business Technology Coalition and is the senior policy advisor on agency efforts in Puerto Rico.
He recently served as Commander of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron in Kabul, Afghanistan. In this capacity, he led a highly skilled, multinational combat flying advisory team responsible for the development of the entire Afghan Air Force airlift capability. Mike has spent his career working with and advising political and military leaders around the world; he has led teams with diverse missions ranging from planning and executing all U.S. military exercises in Central, South America, and the Caribbean to building partnerships with air forces throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mike piloted C-17s and C-130s on over 200 combat airlift missions into Afghanistan and Iraq, and earned the prestigious Airlift/Tanker Association Young Leader Award and the Air Force Association Company Grade Officer of the Year. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.A. in Religion and a Master of Divinity from Liberty University, and an M.S. in Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mike is a member of Cru Military, Mensa, and the Global Leaders tier of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He and his bride and four sons live in Vienna, Virginia.