A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Major General Murray graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1980 with a B.A. in Quantitative Methods. Commissioned through the PLC Program, he completed The Basic School and Naval Flight Training and was designated a naval aviator in April 1982. After training in HMT-301 he was designated a CH-46E pilot.
In February 1983, Major General Murray joined HMM-165 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he completed three WESTPAC deployments including operations in Beirut, Lebanon. His billet assignments included Flightline OIC, NATOPS Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer.
In August 1986, MajGen Murray attended the Amphibious Warfare School. The following year, he reported to Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, California where he served with HMM-161 completing two WESTPAC deployments and held positions as Assistant Operations Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In August 1990, he reported to the First Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company at Camp Pendleton where he served as the Operations Officer and as a Brigade Platoon Commander during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
In 1992, Major General Murray attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Upon graduation, he returned to HMM-161, completing two WESTPAC deployments including the withdrawal of UN forces from Somalia. During this tour, he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. In August 1996, Major General Murray reported to the Pentagon for assignment to the Navy Staff in Plans, Policies, and Operations.
In August 1998, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Following school, he transferred to Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of HMM-262 from August 1999 through December 2001.
MajGen Murray next served on the Joint Staff, J8 as the Branch Chief, Combatant Command Liaison Office. In October 2003, he took command of Marine Aircraft Group 26 and deployed the reinforced MAG to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Following the change of command in August 2005, he remained at Al Asad as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for 2D Marine Aircraft Wing Forward. In July 2006, he returned to the Joint Staff, J8 as the Branch Chief for the Joint Requirements Oversight Council Secretariat.
From May 2007 through August 2009, Major General Murray served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. In October 2009, Major General Murray deployed as the Deputy Commander, Regional Command South, CJTF-6, ISAF. In December, 2010, Major General Murray was assigned as the Commanding General, Education Command and President, Marine Corps University.
In June 2012, Major General Murray assumed command of Training and Education Command, Quantico, Virginia.
Major General Murray's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.