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Local Assistant United States Attorney Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in Iowa Air National Guard

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

On July 18, 2018, Assistant United States Attorney Tony Morfitt of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Iowa, was confirmed to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard. 

Lieutenant Colonel Morfitt currently serves as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 132d Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, in Des Moines, Iowa. The 132d Wing trains, deploys, executes, and sustains operations in missions supporting the Nation, State, and Community.  The unit’s current missions include remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

“The Northern District of Iowa United States Attorney's Office is very proud of Lieutenant Colonel Morfitt,” United States Attorney Peter Deegan stated.  “As an AUSA and a member of the military, he has served his country with honor and distinction.  My office is committed to supporting not only Lieutenant Colonel Morfitt in his continuing military service, but ensuring that all members of the National Guard and Reserves in this district are supported and protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.”

Prior to joining the 132d Wing, Lieutenant Colonel Morfitt was on active duty for over four years and was a member of the Air Force Reserves.  During his career, he has been stationed in Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, and Iowa.  He also completed a one-year remote tour of duty at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

In his civilian capacity, AUSA Morfitt has prosecuted a variety of federal criminal cases since joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2010.  During that time, he prosecuted two cases arising out of three murders that happened within six weeks, for which he won an Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award in 2007.  In 2016, AUSA Morfitt successfully prosecuted Randy Metcalf, who was convicted by a jury of a racially motivated assault in Dubuque.  Metcalf ultimately received the statutory maximum sentence of ten years in prison for committing a hate crime.

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Updated August 7, 2018

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