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About Murphey

I was born in Dallas, TX.  My father was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force for the first 11 years of my life, during which time we were stationed in Hawaii, Texas, and West Germany.  My parents settled in Vacaville, CA when Dad left the Air Force for private practice in 1978.  Dad just retired in 2018, and my parents are still in the house where we lived when I was in sixth grade!

I've got three older brothers and one younger brother.  Three of them are still in California, while one lives in Hawaii.

After graduating from Vacaville High School, I went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Navy ROTC scholarship.  I graduated with a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and a minor in Psychology.  I was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy and reported to ground school in Pensacola, FL.

I completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor with the VT-3 Red Knights at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, FL.  I selected follow-on jet training at NAS Chase Field in Beeville, TX.  There I was assigned first to the VT-26 Tigers, for intermediate training in the T-2C Buckeye, and then to the VT-25 Cougars, for advanced training in the TA-4J Skyhawk.  I was awarded the wings of a Naval Aviator on April 24th, 1992.

My next assignment was as a Combat Direction Center Watch Officer aboard USS Ranger (CV-61) for her final cruise out of NAS North Island in Coronado, CA.  We spent time in the West Pacific and Arabian Gulf, participating in Operations Southern Watch and Restore Hope.  One of the most memorable parts of the cruise was that at the end of our deployment, my father was able to fly out to Hawaii and return to San Diego aboard the aircraft carrier.  He had great time, and we made it back just in time for my brother's wedding!

I remained with Ranger through her decommissioning in 1993 and got orders to the VS-41 Shamrocks to be an S-3B Viking Fleet Replacement Pilot.

In 1995 I reported to NAS Cecil Field in Jacksonville, FL for my fleet tour with the VS-30 Diamondcutters.  We deployed in 1996 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf, becoming involved in Operations Decisive Endeavor and Southern Watch.

In 1997, I took orders to the training command, to be an instructor pilot with the VT-21 Redhawks at NAS Kingsville in Kingsville, TX.  While there, I met my wife Julie and her three children from a previous marriage.  After I left the Navy, we moved to Austin, TX and got married!

In Austin, I worked for Dell Computer for 8 years.  I also got the bug to go back to school part-time and had a busy two and a half years working full-time while getting a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (Orbital Mechanics) from the University of Texas, with 3 kids in middle school and high school!

I put my new degree to use with a job change in 2008.  I was hired by ShotSpotter and have been working for them ever since, developing and improving systems for detecting and locating illegal gunfire activity.  Since I work remotely, the California-based company allows me to live anywhere in the lower 48 states.

In early 2012, after the kids were all out of high school, Julie and I sold the house and moved to Northeast Tennessee to be closer to Julie's parents and extended family.  Her parents both were born and raised here and graduated from Science Hill High School.  Her father Carl attended ETSU and received a commission through Army ROTC upon graduation.  After a 30-year career in the Army, he retired as a Colonel and eventually returned to settle in Jonesborough.

I wasn't sure what to expect of Tennessee, but we have loved it here in Johnson City.  The country is beautiful, and the people are smart, talented, and incredibly friendly!  This is easily my favorite of all the places I've lived.

As for the kids, the middle child is currently living in Johnson City.  The youngest graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in December of 2016 and is currently serving as a 1st lieutenant in Tacoma, WA.  He follows in the footsteps of his older sister, a 2011 West Point graduate.  She and her husband (another West Point grad, and Green Beret) left active duty in 2016.  He recently graduated from Harvard Business School, and they are settling in Atlanta with our two wonderful grandsons!

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