Maj. Gen. Sean L. Murphy is the Deputy Surgeon General, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He directs operations of the Air Force Medical Service, composed of a $6.1 billion, 44,000 person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide. He oversees the daily functions of the Air Force Surgeon General's office with offices in Washington, D.C., Fort Detrick, Maryland, Falls Church, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas. Included in these functions are clinical operations and quality, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management. General Murphy coordinates AFMS operations through major commands, joint service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
General Murphy is a 1981 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. General Murphy is board certified in pediatrics, qualified in aerospace medicine and has a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He has commanded at the flight, squadron and group levels in both the deployed and home station environments. General Murphy has served at the Joint Combatant Command level as the U.S. Southern Command Surgeon and previously as the Pacific Air Force Command Surgeon, the Air Force Medical Operations Agency Commander and the Air Combat Command Surgeon.
1981 Bachelor of Science, Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1985 Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
1988 Pediatric Residency, U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
1988 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1994 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. August 1981-May 1985, Student, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
2. June 1985-September 1988, Pediatric Residency, U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
3. September 1988-December 1992, Staff Pediatrician, U.S. Air Force Hospital, Yokota Air Base, Japan
4. December 1992-September 1994, Director of Pediatrics, Rhein-Main AB, Germany
5. September 1994-July 1997, Director, Ambulatory Clinic and Education for Pediatric Residency, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, Miss.
6. July 1997-June 1999, Medical Staff Chief, 92nd MDG, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
7. June 1998-June 1999, Commander, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
8. June 1999-August 2000, Pediatric Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, Washington, D.C.
9. August 2000-August 2002, Division Chief, Air Force Clinical Optimization and Integration, Washington, D.C.
10. August 2002-June 2003, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. July 2003-July 2005, Commander, 325th MDG, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
12. January 2005-May 2005, Commander, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, Ali al Salem, Kuwait
13. July 2005-May 2008, U.S. Southern Command Surgeon, Miami, Fla.
14. May 2008-July 2011, Command Surgeon, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
15. July 2011-June 2012, Deputy Assistant Surgeon General for Health Care Operations, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2012-September 2014, Commander, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland-Kelly, Texas
17. September 2014-May 2018, Command Surgeon, Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
18. June 2018-present, Deputy Surgeon General, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and 3 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one device
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (USUHS) American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Member
American Association for Physician Leadership, Member
Aerospace Medical Association, Member
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
Captain May 18, 1985
Major May 18, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel May 30, 1996
Colonel May 31, 2001
Brigadier General April 10, 2014
Major General June 2, 2018
(Current as of January 2019)