|Lieutenant Commander Brandon L. Murray
Commanding Officer (February 2009 - February 2011)
Lieutenant 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 LCDR Murray was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and then attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI. His first assignment was in USS DETROIT (AOE 4) in NWS Earle, New Jersey, where he served as First Division Officer. During his tour, USS DETROIT completed an extensive overhaul, which was followed by workups with Carrier Strike Group Two. He was then ordered to join the crew of USS ANZIO (CG 68) in July 2001, serving as Main Propulsion Assistant and deployed for BALTOPS 2003 and JMC 2003. He recently completed a tour in USS MAHAN (DDG 72) as Engineer Officer and deployed to the Baltic Sea, Caribbean, and Western Europe as the flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Flagship.
LCDR Murray’s shore assignment was at SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER SCHOOL Newport, Rhode Island, filling the Gas Turbine Engineering – Cruiser/ Destroyer Lead Instructor and Lead Engineering Scheduler billets. In June 2005, 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.
LCDR Murray’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Navy Enlisted Good Conduct (one award), and various campaign and unit awards.