Universal Elite Aerospace: Mr. Kenneth E. Morris, Founder/Chief Executive Officer

HOUSTON – Born and bred in one of the most historical neighborhoods in the city of Houston is Kenneth Morris. Being the only son of his mother, Morris’ primary education started out in the 5th Ward community. However, he and his family relocated to South Park where he earned his high school diploma at Jesse H. Jones High School.

During an interview Mr. Morris exclaimed, “I did not excel in academics in school and didn’t receive one scholarship offer so I knew if I stayed in my neighborhood doing nothing; I increased my chances of being another statistic, imprisoned or deceased like more than half of my friends are at this very moment.” Motivated to succeed, Morris despite all odds, knew that he had to commit to something that would reward him futuristically. It was at that time that he began studying to be tested by the United States military. Apparently his study style and determination worked because, once tested he scored very highly.

With his impressive scoring level, Morris was presented with six different offers. Amongst them he recalls quite vividly that there was an additional position that was set aside from the other job offers. His inquisitive nature made him very curious about that certain position. However, his recruiter told him precisely, “I do not know much about this job, they fly on airplanes, look for submarines, swim a lot and 90% of the people that attempt this career fail, so I wouldn’t choose this one if I were you.” But being a product of ‘The Hood’, afforded Morris with undeniable ambition and the tenacity to challenge any task, so he was definitely eager to do that which others opted not to. Immediately he responded to the recruiter and said, “Well, I will take that job then sir.” Which is exactly what he did. Hence he started on a career path to become an Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Operator – Acoustic.

Upon graduating, he did not waste any time on his next plateau. Therefore, he enlisted into the United Stated Navyboot camp. He was flown to Great Lakes, Illinois and still remembers this first flight experience just like it was yesterday. Although he had to leave his family, Morris did not realize the monstrosity of the challenge he was about to embark upon. However, he declares that he will forever believe that it was the single best decision that he’s made in his life.

For it was in the U.S. Navy that he learned and retained a great deal of morals, ethics and values. He revealed that he learned to be accountable, gained structure in daily living, built  his confidence level and grew into a responsible young man. While in the U.S. Navy he was privileged to travel to more than 30 different countries and international cities. This feat allowed him the exposure to interact, experience and see the lifestyles of numerous cultures; that he may not have otherwise done had not he made this choice. During his tenure in the U.S. Navy he was promoted the first time every time and made the rank of E-5 in 3 years. This is quite an honor, considering that most individuals usually take five to seven years to accomplish such a task. To date, he has been the recipient of a number of medals and honors including: NATO Medalist, Good Conduct Medalist, Kosovo Air Campaign Medalist, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medalist, Sea Service Deployment, awarded as U.S. Navy AirCrewman, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (Navy), Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medalist and these are just to state the least.

Upon completion from the U.S. Navy he received a basketball scholarship to play at Seward County College in Liberal, Kansas. There he earned an Associates of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Since that time, he has sought to continue his education and is currently enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where  he is pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautics.

After receiving superior accommodations, he finally returned to his native city. Although he found a career working in the Information Technology industry, he soon realized that this was not his true passion. Yet, while working in the IT field, Morris upheld the responsibility of being primary caretaker for his son’s mother who is a 100% disabled Navy veteran.

Due to this full time obligation he had no choice but to leave his full-time employment to help her recover after an unsuccessful brain surgery to have a tumor removed. Though he remained loyal to his family he never allowed his true passion to fade away. He made a sacrifice to offset his vision at an attempt to assist with someone else with getting her life back on track, as much as he was allowed to do. Though he was literally confined in the physical, he always kept his mind on aviation. He continuously mounted himself with literature regarding aviation, studied books and consistently kept up with the trending news and issues within the industry.

On November 12, 2013, his vision became a reality and he launched the Aviation S.T.E.M. program. A program that was established, “to engage, inspire and inform disengaged youth, teens women and veterans of the many rewarding careers in the aviation/aerospace industry.” Morris stated, “I emphasize to all the teens I encounter to never give up on their dreams and if I can be successful in the aviation industry, so can they!” Within the first 10 months of Aviation S.T.E.M. It has already positively engaged more than 2,000 students. Morris admitted that the numbers were well ahead of the intended pre launch goal. He is proud of the fact that his development has had the opportunity to work closely with several organizations and companies throughout Houston and is looking forward to expanding and working with other positive organizations. Aviation S.T.E.M. is constantly looking for great volunteers and donors to assist with the program; so that it may continue to thrive as it has for the past year.

Mr. Kenneth Morris invites the public to attend Universal Elite Aerospace’s Annual Festival. The event will be held at Hobby Airport, 325 Travelair, 77061.

To contact Universal Elite Aerospace call: (832) 455-0036, Fax (832) 442-3645. You may also visit UAE’s website at, www.universalelite.org; or follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook under the following links: www.twitter.com/MrKennethMorris, www.instagram.com/UniversalElite and www.facebook.com/UniversalEliteAerospace.

Latest Articles


Search our archive of past issues Receive our Latest Updates
* indicates required

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

Scroll to Top