GEN John “Mike” Murray & The Army’s New Futures Command

Former Third Infantry Division Commanding General (MG), and most recently the Army G-8 at the Pentagon (LTG), John “Mike” Murray was earlier this month confirmed by the U.S. Senate to receive his Fourth Star.  And GEN Murray has been selected as the first C.G. of the Army’s new Futures Command, now being established in Austin, Texas.  Austin was selected from among competing cities for its already abundant high-tech research facilities, innovative entrepreneurial start-up companies, and the University of Texas.  Austin is now considered by some to be the “Army’s Silicon Valley.”

Wrote Patrick Tucker, Defense One, August 27, 2018: “Army officials describe their service’s new organization this way:  Forces Command is in charge of present-day readiness; Material Command handles parts and logistics; Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) looks at recruiting, assessment, basic training, and operational doctrine.  And Futures Command will focus on how to win tomorrow’s wars.”

It will be the first Four-Star Army Command not housed on an Army installation, but rather within facilities owned by the University of Texas, providing the Army leadership with more convenient access to the civilian designers and innovators, aimed at more rapid development and decision-making for tomorrow’s Army.

Our congratulations to GEN Mike Murray on both his promotion and his selection to lead the Army’s newest major command.  GEN Murray and wife, Jane, are fondly remembered by military and civilian members of the Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and Coastal Georgia communities.