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First Iraq War vet elected to U.S. Congress to speak at Casper College

Patrick J. Murphy (U.S. Department of Defense)

CASPER, Wyo. — Former Under Secretary of the United States Army Patrick J. Murphy is also the first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress.

Murphy will speak at Casper College as part of their “Veterans Appreciation Week.”

He’ll appear at 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Wheeler Concert Hall.

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“Mr. Murphy, a third generation veteran, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and later served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a criminal prosecutor and as an assistant professor in the Department of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY,” his biography from the U.S. Department of Defense states. “Following 9/11, he served two overseas deployments-Tuzla, Bosnia in 2002 and Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-04.”

“While serving in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, he led a Brigade Operational Law Team (BOLT) and earned a Bronze Star for his service. Overseeing the justice system for the 1.5 million Iraqis in south central Baghdad, he prosecuted two high-level terrorists in Iraq’s highest court.”

Murphy represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Congress from 2007-2011, making him the first Iraq veteran to do so.

“He served on the Armed Services, Select Intelligence, and Appropriations committees, responsible for the $3.4 trillion budget,” Murphy’s bio adds. “He co-authored several initiatives including the 21st Century GI Bill, the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Hire Our Heroes legislation.”

“In 2008, he was instrumental in establishing the Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery for over 300,000 veterans. He also authored the Improper Payments Bill, which has saved the American taxpayer tens of billions of dollars.”

Following his time in the Congress, Murphy appeared as a television anchor on MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill” from 2011-2015.

“Mr. Patrick J. Murphy was appointed as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer (CMO) by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2016,” his biography states. “Mr. Murphy assumed duties as the Acting Secretary of the Army three days after being sworn-in and remained in the position until May 18, 2016.”

“In this position, he led the management and operation of the Army, which would rank as a Fortune 10 company if it was a public company.”