Regimental Division,
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COL (Ret.) Lamar H. Murphy Jr. (1998)

COL (Ret.) Lamar Murphy was at the helm during the sometimes painful process as the Signal Regiment discussed how it could best support the 21st century warfighter; he was instrumental in the Signal Organization Mission Alignment Reorganization and kept all the many players together. Another key project for him was a Defense Department pilot project linking information technology investment strategies with Army missions. He held one- and two-star positions for several years at the end of his career.

COL Murphy retired from the Army in 1998 after serving 32 years. A veteran of both the Gulf and Vietnam wars, COL Murphy commanded eight units beginning with company commands in Vietnam and Germany. Then he commanded 304th Signal Battalion in Korea, 52d Signal Battalion in Germany, 160th Signal Brigade in Germany, 1101st Signal Brigade at Fort Detrick, Md., and culminating with U.S. Army Information Systems Command’s Central Area Command and 6th Signal Command during Operation Desert Storm. He was also the first commander of the reactivated 54th Signal Battalion in Saudi Arabia.

Key staff assignments included White House communications liaison on the National Emergency Airborne Command Post, first Signal officer for the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert to fulfill the Camp David Accords, and 1988 presidential inaugural communications director. When he retired, he worked with the Army’s command, control, communications, computers and information technology systems with annual budgets exceeding $4 billion.

COL Murphy also holds the record for the highest academic average achieved in the Signal Officer Advanced Course (1916-1998) and is the only Signal officer to receive the George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate from the Army’s Command and General Staff College. His military decorations include three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals and five Army Meritorious Service Medals. The Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member in 1998.

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COL Lamar Murphy
Murphy, 1998.

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