Born in Evanston, Illinois in September 1983, Carolyn Morris felt the call to serve her nation during her first week of college on September 11, 2001. Within the year, she had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer. Stationed in Iraq at Balad Air Force Base (a.k.a., Camp Anaconda), she served as a Company Clerk and as a bridge builder from February 2004 to February 2005. She was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for her actions during a 24-hour bridge build and a Combat Action Ribbon for her experiences during the deployment.
After her active duty service, Carolyn and her family relocated to Champaign, Illinois. She joined a Combat Engineer Reserve Marine unit in Peoria and served first as a platoon Sergeant to a platoon of forty Marines, overseeing care of all facets of each Marine’s growth, development and readiness. Next, she served as the Company’s Future Operations Chief, for a company of 140 Marines, overseeing all aspects of planning the company’s training and exercises and collaborating with the company executive officer and staff to coordinate the execution of operations.