Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James Murrin was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his military career in June 1977, enlisting in the US Army. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for Tactical microwave and satellite radio operation at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After completing AIT, CSM Murrin attended the Army airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia before his assignment with the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He is a graduate of the Basic Leadership Course (BLC), the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), the First Sergeant Course, and the US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA class of June 1998). CSM Murrin's civilian education includes an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology from Quincy College, a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
CSM Murrin was honorably discharged from the regular Army after three years and immediately joined the Massachusetts National Guard and served the ARNG for 8 years before transferring to the US Army Reserve. He has held many leadership positions in his career including Electronics Maintenance Team Chief, Radio and Teletype Section Chief, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. CSM Murrin has served in the 50th Signal Battalion Fort Bragg North Carolina, the 126th Signal Battalion Quincy, Massachusetts, 94th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) Fort Devens, Massachusetts, the 3rd Battalion, 98th Regiment (SC), Providence, Rhode Island, the 309th Combat Support Hospital, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, the 94th Regional Support Command (RSC) Fort Devens, Massachusetts, the 804th Medical Brigade Fort Devens, Massachusetts and in support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 1), the 330th Medical Brigade Fort Sheridan, Illinois, the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, VA and arrived at the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) in April 2011.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award.