FEBRUARY 3, 2010
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF BRIGADIER GENERAL PATRICK MURPHY AS ADJUTANT GENERAL OF NEW YORK
Governor David A. Paterson announced today that he has appointed Brigadier General Patrick Murphy as the 52nd Adjutant General of New York State, to replace Major General Joseph Taluto upon his retirement on February 14.
"Brigadier General Murphy is an outstanding officer who brings with him a wealth of experience integrating the National Guard and active military components into State emergency and security planning, homeland defense, and anti-terrorism activities," Governor Paterson said. "He has played a critical role in the New York National Guard's response to flooding in Western New York, providing emergency aid to other states, and refocusing the National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield into a more capable security force in New York City."
Brigadier General Murphy, a 32-year veteran of the Army National Guard, is currently serving as the New York National Guard's Director of Joint Staff and Assistant Adjutant General, responsible for the National Guard's State emergency and homeland security operations.
"I am honored by Governor Paterson's decision to select me to replace Major General Taluto," Brigadier General Murphy said. "I appreciate his confidence in me, and I look forward to working with the men and women of the New York Military Forces to continue to improve our abilities to respond when called upon by the people of New York and our nation."
As Adjutant General, Brigadier General Murphy will be responsible for ensuring that the more than 16,000 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard are prepared to deploy in combat zones on federal missions and prepared to respond to State emergencies here in New York. He will also oversee the 2,500 members of the New York Naval Militia and the 700-member New York Guard, a State-only force.
To be appointed Adjutant General of New York, an officer must be capable of becoming a federally recognized two-star Major General. Brigadier General Murphy was promoted to his one-star rank in February 2008.
Brigadier General Murphy, age 52, joined the Iowa Army National Guard as an enlisted soldier in 1977 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1979. As a traditional National Guard soldier, serving part-time while pursuing a civilian career as a sales and research agronomist and then a sales manager with Pioneer High-Bed International of Des Moines, Iowa, Brigadier General Murphy held a variety of Army National Guard leadership positions. These included platoon leader, company commander, a battalion and brigade staff officer, battalion commander, and brigade executive officer. Brigadier General Murphy was also trained as a helicopter pilot and served as an aero-scout team leader.
In 1999, Brigadier General Murphy was selected to attend the United States Army War College as a resident student and graduated in June 2000. He served on active duty as the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer of the United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, responsible for advising the commander on counter terrorism measures and developing and implementing command programs and polities. He spent two months as chief of planning for Joint Forces Command, overseeing the development of 14 plans that address homeland defense issues and military support to civil authorities before becoming the director of operations for Joint Task Force - Civil Support, based at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Brigadier General Murphy was promoted to Colonel in 2002 and in 2003 in became Chief of Civil Support Plans for United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. At Northern Command, which had just been established to coordinate military activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States, Brigadier General Murphy was responsible for developing and refining plans for supporting civil authorities with military assets in an emergency.
In November 2004, Brigadier General Murphy deployed to Kuwait where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for National Guard Affairs for the United States Third Army at Camp Arifjan. He was the commander's principle advisor on National Guard affairs and worked to integrate National Guard units and soldiers into military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He visited units throughout the combat zones to assist in ironing out administrative and logistical difficulties and oversaw a program that allowed National Guard Adjutants General and their senior enlisted soldiers or airmen to visit their units in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.
After leaving Kuwait in June 2007, Brigadier General Murphy joined the New York Army National Guard, where he served as Director of the Joint Staff and Assistant Adjutant General.
Since then, his role has been to ensure that contingency plans are in place to deploy New York Military Forces assets in support of State and domestic emergencies, oversee the National Guard's role in State Homeland security efforts, and manage joint Army and Air National Guard functions within the State's Joint Forces Headquarters. He has been responsible for coordinating with other State agencies, federal organizations and industry.
Brigadier General Murphy's individual awards include the Bronze Star, three awards of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Army Aviation Badge.
He and his wife Cherie live in Clifton Park, Saratoga County. The Adjutant General's State salary is $120,800 annually.