A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Rear Adm. Douglas Morton was commissioned an ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps in 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Construction Option from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and completed The Executive Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI.
His facilities and acquisition assignments include assistant resident officer in charge of construction, Puerto Rico Area; resident officer in charge, facilities support contracts and assistant public works officer, Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek; executive officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic; commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast; chief of staff, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic.
With the Seabees, he has served as a company commander with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40, deploying to Okinawa, Japan and Rota, Spain; as operations officer of NMCB 133, deploying to Guam and Spain, and Bosnia; as commanding officer of NMCB 133 deploying to Guam and Southwest Asia; and as chief of staff for the First Naval Construction Division.
Morton’s staff assignments include aide to commander, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; director, Facilities Planning Academic Division, Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School, (CECOS); head of the Seabee Policy and Doctrine Branch, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; a tour on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) Facilities and Engineering Division; Civil Engineer Corps detailer and community manager, Navy Personnel Command; and as the deputy for Security Cooperation, Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan.
He is currently serving as director of Energy and Environmental Readiness (OPNAV N45) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.
He is a Seabee combat warfare officer, a registered professional engineer in Georgia, and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.