The last big thing Gen. Murphy said he will work to maintain is ensuring a fully equipped force.
"When the war first started it was a big drain on a lot of our equipment within the state. Now, the equipment is either refurbished or replaced and we're challenged to maintain that so our soldiers and airman have the equipment they need to properly train," said Gen. Murphy.
Gov. Paterson said in a press conference that he chose Gen. Murphy because he is "an outstanding officer who brings with him a wealth of experience integrating the National Guard and active military components into State emergency and security planning, homeland defense and anti-terrorism activities."
Gen. Murphy has served as a traditional National Guard soldier in Iowa, was trained as a helicopter pilot and held numerous Army National Guard leadership positions"platoon leader, company commander, battalion and brigade staff officer, battalion commander and brigade executive officer. He spent three years in Kuwait, serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for National Guard Affairs and was currently serving as Director of the Joint Staff and Assistant Adjutant General.