Command Sergeant Major James J. Murrin, a native of Boston, Mass., began his military career in June 1977, enlisting in the U.S. Army. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and then completed Advanced Individual Training for tactical microwave and satellite radio operation at Fort Gordon, Ga. After completing AIT, CSM Murrin attended the Army airborne course at Fort Benning before his assignment with the 50th Signal Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.
CSM Murrin was honorably discharged from the regular Army after three years and immediately joined the Massachusetts National Guard and served for 8 years before transferring to the U.S. 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 N.C.; the 126th Signal Battalion Quincy, Mass.; 94th Army Reserve Command, Fort Devens, Mass.; the 3rd Battalion, 98th Regiment (SC), Providence, R.I.; the 309th Combat Support Hospital, Hanscom AFB, Mass.; the 94th Regional Support Command, Fort Devens; the 804th Medical Brigade Fort Devens; the 330th Medical Brigade, Fort Sheridan, Ill., during Operation Iraqi Freedom; the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.; the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), Forest Park, Ga.; and assumed the position of command sergeant major of the 7th Civil Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, in March, 2013.
He is a graduate of the Basic Leadership Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, the First Sergeant Course, and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (class of June 1998). CSM Murrin’s civilian education includes an associate 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.
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.