John T. McMurtrie, Jr., Rank
Captain John T. McMurtrie, Jr., a native of Aiken, South Carolina, graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1977.
Captain McMurtrie's sea duty assignments include six months of temporary duty aboard USS SEMMES (DDG 18) forward deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. After completing Surface Warfare Officer's School Indoctrination course in Newport, Rhode Island, he returned to SEMMES and served as Fire Control Officer, Damage Control Assistant and Combat Information Center Officer. His Department Head tours include USS THORN (DD 988) where he served as Operations Officer from May 1984 to December 1985 and completed a circumnavigation of South America as part of UNITAS XXV. In January 1986, Captain McMurtrie reported to USS WAINWRIGHT (CG 28) and served as Operations Officer until March 1988 to include deployments to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Arabian Gulf. He served as Executive Officer in USS JOSEPH HEWES (FFT 1078) from September 1990 to March 1992. He commanded USS CARNEY (DDG 64) from February 1996 to August 1997. He commissioned CARNEY on 13 April 1996 and delivered her to the fleet following extensive weapon and engineering tests.
Captain McMurtrie's shore assignments include attendance at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from July 1981 to July 1983 where he received a Masters of Science degree in Oceanography and Meteorology. Following his second department head tour, he reported to the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron SIX, Charleston, South Carolina as Readiness and Training Officer and Chief Staff Officer from March 1988 to August 1990. He served as Joint and Allied Requirements Officer (N62J) for the Navy Tactical Command System Afloat (NTCS-A) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. from March 1992 to June 1994. In July 1994 Captain McMurtrie reported as a student to the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and graduated in June 1995. Captain McMurtrie reported to the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization (JTAMDO) in October 1997. JTAMDO is a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Staff. He served as the Assistant Director for Interoperability and Operational Architectures.
Captain McMurtrie's personal awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service ribbons.
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