The Savannah Tribune Salutes Women’s History Month

Betty Morgan
Betty Morgan

Native Savannahian, Betty L.G. Morgan, was born on May 30, 1950. A proud graduate of Sol C. Johnson, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State University (formerly Savannah State College) in 1972, and a Master of Education Degree in Elementary and Middle Schools concentrating in Reading from Armstrong and Savannah State Universities (formerly Colleges) in 1976. Savannah, Georgia.

She has a love for young people, and became a teacher at Hubert Middle School, where she has impacted the lives of students for more than thirty-five years. While teaching young people, Betty also embarked upon another career; serving her country. She joined the 165th Tactical Airlift Group in March 1978 as a Personnel Specialist. She served in many capacities during her years with the Georgia Air National Guard.

In 1997, she was selected to become the Wing’s first African American female Command Chief. Betty was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant April 13, 1997, the first black and only female in the state of Georgia to hold this position.

She served as the State Command Chief for the Georgia Air National Guard State Headquarters, Dobbins AFB, Georgia. In this capacity, she was responsible for advising the Adjutant General and Commander Georgia Air National Guard on all matters pertaining to the enlisted personnel of the Georgia Air National Guard. Her military education included: Basic Military Training and Personnel Technical School training in 1978; Combat Aircrew Training 198- 5; Personnel Intelligence Course 1986; Class Commander for the NCO Academy Class 88.3 in residence 1988; Senior NCO Academy Class 92-E in residence 1992; NCO Academy Instructor’s Course (Site Facilitator) 1997; Diversity Training 1999; Chief Executive Course 2000, and the Human Relations Course in 2002. Chief Morgan attended numerous workshops and conferences throughout her career. She retired in May 2010 after serving her country for thirty-two years. She is an extraordinary teacher and exemplary role model for this city, state, and nation. Excerpt courtesy of Savannah’s Black “First Ladies”, Vol. I.© in celebration of National Women’s History Month. For more information go to

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