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McMurry retires after ‘nearly perfect’ career

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, is awarded the Distinguished Service Medal during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, gives his comments during a retirement ceremony honoring his more than 35 years of service in the Air Force Sept. 2, 2020. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, officiated the ceremony on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Covering just some of the highlights of McMurry’s career to those in the auditorium and viewing online, Bunch told the story of an indefatigable leader with infectious enthusiasm. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, gives his comments during a retirement ceremony honoring his more than 35 years of service in the Air Force Sept. 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, gives his comments during a retirement ceremony honoring his more than 35 years of service in the Air Force Sept. 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Chief Master Sgt. Troie Croft, AFLCMC Command Chief, makes a presentation to Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry receives the Retirement Lapel pin from his wife, Retired Air Force Maj. De McMurry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry is presented with his Retirement Certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, gives his comments during a retirement ceremony honoring his more than 35 years of service in the Air Force Sept. 2, 2020. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, officiated the ceremony on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Covering just some of the highlights of McMurry’s career to those in the auditorium and viewing online, Bunch told the story of an indefatigable leader with infectious enthusiasm. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, officiated the ceremony on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Covering just some of the highlights of McMurry’s career to those in the auditorium and viewing online, Bunch told the story of an indefatigable leader with infectious enthusiasm. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Lt. Gen. McMurry Retirement Ceremony
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Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, offers some of the highlights of McMurry’s career to those in the auditorium and viewing online. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

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Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, gives his comments during a retirement ceremony honoring his more than 35 years of service in the Air Force Sept. 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFLCMC) – Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, retired Sept. 2 after more than 35 years of service in the Air Force. 
 
Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, officiated the ceremony in Kenney Hall.  Covering just some of the highlights of McMurry’s career to those in the auditorium and viewing online, Bunch told the story of an indefatigable leader with infectious enthusiasm.    
 
McMurry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1985 after graduating from the University of Texas, Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering. 
 
His plan was simple, to serve four years and then get out.  It took him 35 years. 
 
McMurry described his career as random, unclear, unassociated and unprogrammable.  In fact, he served in a variety of engineering, program management, staff and command positions within Air Combat Command, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, AFMC, Air Force Space Command and the Missile Defense Agency.  He was program manager for the F-16 and the Airborne Laser, where he oversaw the first mid-air track and shoot down of a beyond-line-of-sight missile from an aircraft using a laser.  It was a feat many at the time thought impossible.         
 
He also holds the distinction of being the only person to command the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFLCMC and AFMC.
 
“I entered this with a simple goal and I decided early the two things I was going to do.  One is do my job as good as I could and try to make every place a little better than I found it,” McMurry said.  “It has been an honor to serve on this team. I’ve loved every minute of it.” 
 
In closing, he mentioned his oft-cited “four year plan” and concluded he now knows when the clock started, “1 November 2016 … nearly perfect.”