LTC Hector R. Morales-Negron is a native of Manati, Puerto Rico and attended the University of Puerto Rico where he was a varsity Judo and wrestling athlete for four years. He completed the UPR ROTC and graduated with a degree of Kinesiology and a commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. As an Air Defense Officer, he served in leadership positions as platoon leader and battery commander as well as leading multiple staff sections at the battalion, brigade, and division levels. In 2004, he was selected as an Academy Professor of Physical Education and attended Florida State University where he earned his PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology. After his return to the West Point in 2008, in addition to his instructional and leadership duties he became the Head Coach of the West Point Judo team that has won three consecutive National Collegiate Judo titles. Lieutenant Colonel Morales is an Army Master Combatives Instructor and has certified over 1,000 soldiers to lead combatives programs throughout the Army since 2003. He also represented the U.S. as an athlete in the Military World Games in 1995 and has coached the U.S. Armed Forces Judo Team since 2003 to four World Military Judo Championships in Italy, Croatia, India, and Brazil. He is currently the Director of the Personal Fitness Development Course, the Director of Program Support, and oversees the combatives instructor certification program in the Department of Physical Education and is a certified Performance Enhancement Consultant thought the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
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