59 Years of Federal Service Honored
October 25, 2011
Service to the United States of America is a life long journey for many citizens; some more than others.
Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) hosted an award ceremony honoring Mark Murray upon his retirement after 59 years of dedicated military and civilian service to the nation at Fort McNair Oct. 20, 2011.
Murray was born in Fort Valley, Georgia on Oct. 24, 1930. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina in 1951, commissioned in the Infantry and immediately saw service in the Korean War from October 1952 to October 1953 where he performed duties as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Regimental Staff Officer, earning the Combat Infantryman Badge. He subsequently served in the Vietnam War, with assignment in Na Trang from February 1966 to February 1967 as an Intelligence Detachment Commander. Murray's numerous other military assignments included command and staff positions in combat arms units in Germany and the continental United States, the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Thailand, and service as an Army ROTC instructor at the University of Massachusetts. His military service culminated with his assignment as the Secretary to the General Staff, United States Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and his subsequent retirement from the Army on 31 December 1971.
Murray began his recent tenure as a federal employee assigned as a Ceremonies and Protocol Specialist in the Ceremonies Division, MDW on April 24, 1972. In May 1985 he was assigned as MDW Special Events Officer. Mark has served in various divisions within the MDW J-3 directorate since that time. For the last three decades, Mark has been the driving force behind the creation and execution of "Spirit of America" the Army's largest public outreach program.