Stars and Stripes
By Corey Dickstein
Published: February 24, 2016
WASHINGTON – Iraq war veteran Patrick Murphy was officially sworn in as the Army’s under secretary on Wednesday, about two months after the senate confirmed him for the position.
Patrick Murphy, the under secretary of the Army and the acting Army secretary, speaks Wednesday at the Pentagon after being officially sworn in as the Army's 32nd under secretary. COREY DICKSTEIN/STARS AND STRIPESThough the Pentagon ceremony officially installed him as the Army’s No. 2 civilian, he has been serving as the acting secretary of the Army since mid-January, when President Barack Obama’s choice for that role, Eric Fanning, stepped aside amid a political dispute.
“This is such an awesome, awesome honor to be back in the Army family,” said Murphy, who served as a judge advocate officer in the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad in 2002 and 2003. He later taught law at The U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In 2006, Murphy became the first Iraq War veteran to be elected to U.S. House of Representatives, serving the eighth congressional district in his native Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2011.
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