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John M. “Mike” Murray is a United States Army general, the first commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), a new four-star Army Command (ACOM) headquartered in downtown Austin TX. General Murray was previously the G-8, a deputy chief of staff to the Army Chief of Staff (CSA). G-8s serve as principal advisor to the CSA for materiel requirements, as military counterpart to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology (ASA(ALT)).[3] Modernization reform is the focus of AFC, which means readiness for a nearer-term future, whereas immediate readiness is the charter for the current ACOMs: FORSCOM, TRADOC and AMC, as well as the Army service component commands, such as USARPAC.[4] Previous modernization efforts involved five and ten year plans, but a goal for AFC is to reduce the requirements definition stage from five years to one year.[5]

John M. Murray
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General John M. Murray
BornKenton, Ohio, U.S.[1]
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1982 – present
Rank General
Commands heldUnited States Army Futures Command
Army G-8
3rd Infantry Division[2]
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)

On July 16, 2018, then-Lieutenant General John M. Murray was nominated for a fourth star and appointment as Army Futures Command's first commanding general;[6][7] his appointment was confirmed 20 August 2018.[8] He assumed command on August 24, 2018.[9]



General Murray received his commission as an infantry officer via the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program upon graduation from the Ohio State University in 1982. Throughout his career, General Murray has served in leadership positions and commanded from Company through Division, with various staff assignments at the highest levels of the Army.[2]


General Murray has held numerous command positions. His command assignments include: Commanding General Joint Task Force-3; Deputy Commanding General – Support for U.S. Forces Afghanistan; Commander Bagram Airfield; Commanding General 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas while serving in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Commander, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Commander, C Company, 1-12th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado.

General Murray also served as the Director, Force Management, the Pentagon; Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Training, J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Virginia; Director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis, United States Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Multi-National Division-Baghdad OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief of Staff, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas; C-3, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Chief, Space Control Protection Section, J-33, United States Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; S-3(Operations), later Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Plans, G-1, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas. General Murray hails from Kenton, Ohio. He and his wife, Jane, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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  1. ^ Thomas, Alun (29 December 2008). ""First Team's" newest one-star". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b John Murray's biography as submitted to Congress
  3. ^ "Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 | Home". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army
  6. ^ "PN2622 — Lt. Gen. John M. Murray — Army". U.S. Congress. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ McBride, Courtney (24 May 2018). "General selected to lead Army Futures Command". Inside Defense. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ Austin gets its general; Army Futures Command leader confirmed
  9. ^ Lt. Gen. John M. Murray promoted to general and first to lead Army Futures Command

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