Commander Murray, a native of Stockton, California, entered the Navy in 1995 after receiving his degree in History from University Of California, Santa Barbara. He completed just over 3 years of enlisted service as an Operations Specialist in USS FORT FISHER (LSD 40) in San Diego, California and USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) in Yokosuka, Japan. In 1998 CDR Murray was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and then attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI.
His sea assignments include First Division Officer in USS DETROIT (AOE 4) in NWS Earle, New Jersey, Main Propulsion Assistant in USS ANZIO (CG 68), Chief Engineer in USS MAHAN (DDG 72), Executive Officer MCM Crew BULWARK in USS SCOUT (MCM 8), USS CHAMPION (MCM 4) and USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11), and Commanding Officer MCM Crew BULWARK in USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11), USS SENTRY (MCM 3) and USS SCOUT (MCM 8).
His most recent assignment was at Expeditionary Strike Group TWO as the Flag Secretary/ Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration (N1), Future Operations Officer (N31) and a short fill in assignment as Executive Officer in USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41).
CDR Murray’s only shore assignment was at SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER SCHOOL Newport, Rhode Island as the Gas Turbine Engineering – Cruiser/ Destroyer Lead Instructor and Lead Engineering Department Scheduler. While assigned to SWOS, he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University.
CDR Murray’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Enlisted Good Conduct (one award), and various campaign and unit awards.
CDR Murray reported to USS BAINBRIDGE as the Executive Officer in October 2014.