"A week around Christmas." He laughed. "I'm taking my family on a cruise."
Sometime after the first of the year, however, Morgan is going back to the Middle East. It will make the singer's eighth or ninth trip since 2004.
"The first time we went in, there was no place to stay. We were sleeping in tents," he said. "They were still sweeping up glass at the airport. We hung out at the Red Cross tent in the morning and drank coffee with the commanders.
"I actually got stuck there for three days because of the mortar attacks."
Morgan was still in the Army Reserves at the time. His trip counted as his drill, and they handed him a rifle during his visit.
The difference in Iraq and Afghanistan these days, he says, is hard to explain to people who haven't been over there. Morgan thinks the safety and security of both countries has improved a lot over the past six years
"It's not a pleasant world," he said. "Afghanistan, in particular. I keep hearing people saying, 'We need to get out, we need to get out,' and that's funny. We've been in Korea since before the Korean War and we still have a military presence there -- and it makes a difference."
During part of Morgan's 10 years spent on active duty with the Army as a fire support specialist, he was stationed in Korea.
As much running around as Morgan does, he's not one to complain.
"Things couldn't be much better, really," he said. "We're working, and my getting away is working. Playing is part of the gig."
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