TULSA, Okla. — Even during the pandemic, military essential missions continue. Units adapt to stay safe. That is why one Tulsa Guardian chose not to come for the holidays.
It will probably be mid to late next year before Adam Morgan reunites with his parents.
Adam is stationed in Colorado Springs, working satellites for the 4th Space Operations Squadron.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and it’s what I love to do,” Adam said.
Adam also recalled helping activate two military hospital-ships stationed in Los Angeles this year.
"They were better able to serve the greater Los Angeles area and really provide critical relief support for the hospitals in the area during the peak of the pandemic,” he said.
If not for the pandemic, Adam would probably spend the 2020 holidays in Green Country.
“Given the current state of the curve and rise in case numbers we’re seeing and the sheer number of people traveling this holiday season, I made the personal choice to stay here in Colorado Springs,” Morgan said.
The hard decision also brings comfort in knowing it is the best way to keep his family safe.
“It’s hard. I could get teary about it if I thought about it,” said Tim Morgan, Adam’s father.
Tim also knows so many others are in the same position coping with pieces of the family missing.
“Everybody else in Tulsa, Oklahoma has someone at their table that is not coming back,” Tim said.
For the Morgans, that person is Susan Niemi. She is Tim’s older sister, Adam’s aunt. COVID-19 killed her in July.
“While it may hurt and it may be hard, it definitely is for me, it’s definitely bringing good into people’s lives and keeping people safe," Adam said.
Adam hopes others can also make the brave decision in not traveling for the holidays.
As of Monday afternoon, the United States Air Force reports 31, 756 cases since March. 20,824 have recovered and 40 Air Force members have died.
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