Fmr. CPT Michael Morford

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“While not unique, I have always considered my life’s interaction with crude oil from a global perspective to be uncommon. It is this perspective that has afforded me the realization that we, as a nation, remain extremely dependent on fossil fuels.

During the majority of my 15 years in uniform, I was a logistics officer in the U.S. Army dealing with our petroleum-dependent supply chain. Both during our planning in the build-up to our invasion of Iraq in 2003, or while I was deployed to Kuwait to work in the Theater Command to monitor fuel convoys, I witnessed how crippling and dangerous our supply chain dependence on  fossil fuels is to the men and women in uniform who are already in harm’s way.

Additionally, I have spent my entire civilian career involved with this global commodity. For more than 15 years, I closely watched the daily price movements of crude oil on the exchanges as an energy investment banker on Wall Street. In this capacity, I studied crude’s effect on the economy as well as individual company stocks. Since leaving Wall Street, I have been directly involved in crude oil through my companies as an oilfield services company and often spend weeks in the oilpatch dealing directly with our domestic producers.

These varied experiences have led me to become a staunch advocate to the mission of Operation Free. Until our military weans itself from its total dependence on refined petroleum products, our nation’s security will remain at the mercy of foreign crude oil producing nations. This truth will exist whether we want to admit it or not–and until we take action to change it for ourselves.” 

 

Views expressed are his own.

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