The North Bend family of Lt. JG Garrett Morck, a 2007 Mount Si High School graduate, joined him in a ceremony in September at Norfolk, Va., where he received his wings.
His parents, Richard and Vicki, surprised him with a gift of 14-carat gold wings, pinning them on his uniform.
Morck attended college and took part in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then attended flight school for two years. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology and was commissioned at the same time as an ensign. He then was accepted into flight school, spending a year in Pensacola and the second year in Norfolk.
Last November he went through two weeks of S.ER.E. training in northern Maine which put him through intensive training in resistance to interrogation and survival skills, required of all officers who may face capture if shot down behind enemy lines.
This past year, he has been training in simulators and in the air on the E-2, as a member of training squadron Greyhawks at Norfolk Naval Air Station. He has been assigned to his next squadron, the Sun Kings, at Point Magu, Calif., naval air station for the next three years, beginning this winter, and will see his first deployment on the carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson next summer.