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Ms. Brigitte C. Morgan is the Deputy Chief of Mortuary Affairs Operation Location Location Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Her primary duties are overseeing mortuary case management of nine Air Force bases in the Pacific region to include entitlement authorizations, international transportation of fallen service members, and providing continued education and training of active-duty Mortuary Officers and Technicians. She also serves as interim Mortuary Director for the Yokota Mortuary, Yokota Air Base, Japan, where responsibilities include embalming, restoration, casketing and the return of fallen service members to their families.

Ms. Morgan responded to and aircraft mishap that resulted in the loss of eight Air Force heroes in Japan. In the days following the mishap, she met with fallen service member's families in Japan to coordinate disposition and worked alongside the Yokota Mortuary staff to prepare and return the fallen. In 2023, she participated in Operation Eldridge Glacier, a recovery mission in Denali National Park, Alaska, for the U.S. Air Force C-119 that crashed in 1952. In 2024, she will return as the lead Mortuary Specialist for the Operation Colony Glacier, the recover mission for a 1952 crash of a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster II.

She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work before enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2013 as a Mass Communication Specialist where she served for nine years including a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She completed a degree in Mortuary Science from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pennsylvania, and went on to supervise a funeral home for Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Pennsylvania, until joining the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations team.


2013 Bachelors in Social Work, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2014 Graduate Army Broadcast Specialist from Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md.

2015 Associate in Specialized Technology and Funeral Service Arts and Sciences, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2022 Air Force Mortuary Officer Training, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Career Chronology

1. September 2015 - January 2017, Resident Intern/Licensed Funeral Director, Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., York, Pa.

2. January 2017 - February 2022, Licensed Funeral Director/Supervisor, Maxwell Funeral Home, Renovo, Pa.

3. January 2022 - Present, Mortuary Affairs Specialist, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Operation Location Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Professional Certifications

Certified Crematory Operator - Crematory Operations Certificate Program, 2015

Certified Funeral Celebrant, In-Sight Institute, 2015

Funeral Director/Embalmer License - State of Pennsylvania, 2016

Advanced Postmortem Reconstructive Surgery Certificate, Fountain National Acedemy, 2022

Brigitte C. Morgan
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