Country Music Star Craig Morgan made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday during a sold-out show, but what happened during the surprise appearance is better than any performance you could've made!

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The Grand Ole Opry is viewed by many as country music's biggest stage and it is an honor for artists to play there. Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan surprised the audience by enlisting and being sworn into the U.S. Army Reserve during his set on the Opry stage on Saturday night.

“I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves,” Morgan shared via a press release. “I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army.”

Morgan, who has been an Opry member since 2008, became a newly sworn-in Staff Sergeant and Warrant Officer candidate, who will continue touring and releasing new music in his civilian career while simultaneously serving in the Army Reserve.

General Andrew Poppas, Commander, US Army Forces Command was on hand to swear Morgan in on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Of course, Morgan’s dedication to the U.S. military and his own military service are well-known to his fans; he previously served 17 years in the Army and Army Reserve with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions as an E-6 Staff Sergeant and Fire Support Specialist. He includes Airborne, Air Assault, and Rappel Master among his certifications.


Morgan was also a recipient of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the USO Merit Award. He is also a member of the U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame.

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