“You will be more successful in life if you love what you do.”
As a fourth grader, Drew Morgan wrote a letter to Apollo astronaut Alan Bean. Fast forward to today and it’s Morgan who receives letters from children asking about his maiden voyage into space scheduled for July 2019 aboard a Russian Soyuz 59S rocket and spacecraft. He is set to become the first Army doctor to go to space. The son of an Air Force colonel, Morgan attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, serving as a member of the school’s parachute team, the Black Knights. He went on to complete Ranger School, the Combat Diver Qualification Course and advanced airborne and freefall parachutist courses and later served as a flight surgeon and special operations diving medical officer. Most astronauts wait eight to ten years before they go into space, but Dr. Morgan will go just six years after his selection.