“I had the privilege of fighting alongside Kyle Morgan in 2015 when we were faced with an unknown enemy in a complex and politically sensitive environment. It is in times of crisis when you can take the measure of a man and I found Kyle to be more than capable. His clear thinking, aggressiveness, and singular focus on the mission made a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of people that day. However, that is not the real story. The world is full of dangerous men with a singular focus. What sets Kyle apart is the ability to think clearly during an emergency and make sound choices to complete the mission.
He demonstrated his unique talent to form teams from the very first moment we stepped foot on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. Kyle literally built relationships on the fly across multiple agencies of the US Government, Foreign Governments, and international organizations. That is something that cannot be understated. In a complicated environment, he was able to bring all key stakeholders together to create a shared understanding and purpose. While our time fighting together in the defense of our partners and allies is but a snapshot of his life, it has been more than enough for me to weigh his character and find it overflowing.
A man does not wake up one day and build a great team in crisis. He builds that team thousands of times in his head while practicing his craft. When 20 November 2015 arrived, Kyle had not only reached his 10,000 hours of practice to be technically perfect but reached a point of leadership potential that was critical to the lives he swore to protect that day. Of the thousands of hours he has invested to develop himself, none have been more well spent and fruitful than those he invested in team building, leadership, planning. I am proud to say that I was a member of Kyle’s team on 20 November, and I am sure you will too.”