Murphy-Sweet, Philip, CDR

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Supply Corps
Last Primary NEC
310X-Supply Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
2006-2007, 310X, Multi National Force Iraq (MNFI)
Service Years
1984 - 2007
Supply Corps

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Casualty Date
Apr 07, 2007
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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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Naval Aviation Supply Corps Badge
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1984, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 070
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, ILNational Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MDUSS Missouri (BB-63)BOOST Training Prep School, San Diego CA
Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GaSubmarine School Officers BasicUSS Dallas (SSN-700)USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP)Multi National Force Iraq (MNFI)
  1984-1984, HA-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL
  1984-1985, HM-0000, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, MD
  1986-1987, HM-8404, USS Missouri (BB-63)
  1986-1987, HM-0000, BOOST Training Prep School, San Diego CA
  1991-1992, 310X, Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga
  1992-1992, 310X, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1992-1995, 310X, USS Dallas (SSN-700)
  1995-1997, 310X, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
  2002-2004, 310X, USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)
  2004-2007, 310X, Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP)
  2006-2007, 310X, Multi National Force Iraq (MNFI)
 Colleges Attended 
University of IdahoAverett CollegeNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1987-1991, University of Idaho
  1991-2000, Averett College
  2000-2002, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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If anyone has any other information that about Phil, i.e.: medals, schools, past commands or photos send them to me or let me know so I can add them to this site. Please copy this link, to your browser and sign his guestbook. Please copy this link, to your browser and sign his guestbook. Please keep the family in your prayers!!!! On 17 April 2007, we paid our final respects to CDR Philip A. Murphy-Sweet, SC, USN, during a touching ceremony with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Just over a week ago we received the sad news that CDR Murphy-Sweet had died in the vicinity of Baghdad as a result of enemy action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. CDR Murphy-Sweet's love for God, family and nation was evident in the outpouring of support that came in from around the world. His wife Cheryl and their two daughters, Olivia and Lauren, and son Seth, demonstrated strength and grace throughout. Locally, the support was phenomenal. Everyone came together to ensure a fitting tribute to Phil and to his family. Local schools, law enforcement officials, government officials, members of the general public, media, joined military and civilian members of military bases in the region to rally around the family. They expressed respect and condolences by the hundreds. Upon hearing that we had lost one of our own, NAVICP Commander RADM Mike Roesner, members of the ICP team, and spouses from the area engaged to ensure full support of CDR Murphy-Sweet's family. Throughout the week their extraordinary efforts in working the arrangements culminated in a fitting tribute to Phil's contributions to service. More than 1,000 attended Memorial Services and visitation at Church of the Good Shepherd in Camp Hill, PA, where Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, their leaders and families joined others in saying goodbye to our fallen comrade. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stood firm in blowing wind and rain to show honor to Phil and his family. We received condolences from all corners of the globe and especially from those with whom he worked in Iraq. Memorial Services for Phil were held in Baghdad where they have also named one of the newly constructed housing areas after him. His office at NAVICP Mechanicsburg was filled last week with cards, flowers, and other memorabilia. Members of the ICP team congregated there to reflect on their loss and on Phil's contributions as a leader and member of the team. One of the earliest messages we received came from Major General Darryl A. Scott, Commanding General, Joint Contracting Command - Iraq/Afghanistan and Head of Contracting Activity. He stated that "Phil was a model officer, an innovative and energetic CCO, a wise and patient mentor and a beloved shipmate. He believed the best leaders lead from the front, not from behind a desk. He died doing what he believed in - making a difference through personal leadership, professional skill, and sheer will." He went on to say that "the project he was working on - establishing a safe location for the criminal courts of Iraq to prosecute terrorists and re-establish the rule of law - is critical to the Government of Iraq...When others couldn't see a way ahead, Phil not only had the vision, he made it happen in just 25 days. He lived to see IOC (Initial Operating Capability) on the project, and to see the first arraignment take place in the courthouse. Just three days ago, he escorted Senator Lindsey Graham through the facility, and the Senator left extremely impressed. Such results were typical for Phil." Both Senator Graham and Congressman Todd Platts of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation attended the interment. Congressman Platts had returned a few days earlier from Iraq where he toured the rule of law facility and heard many stories of praise for Phil's work. Another account came from Brigadier General Steven Anderson, Multi-National Force - Iraq Deputy Chief of Staff, Resources & Sustainment. General Anderson was present when Senator Graham talked about a new friend he had made that week on the Task Force - Commander Phil Murphy-Sweet - and "the great contributions this wonderful man had been making to this project." The General noted that Senator Graham's voice filled with emotion, as he said "nothing good happens over here without a price, and on Saturday, a brave young man and father of three paid that price - and that's a message I will personally take to his widow and young family." This week has served as a reminder to us all of the great sacrifices our brave men and women, military and civilian, and their families, are making every day in service to country. I have rarely witnessed such a striking response from our Supply Corps. It is with great pride that I extend my gratitude to each of you for your support. To All - Extremely Well Done. A. S. THOMPSON
The gym on the Emory S. Land is going to be named after him. 8 photos of the memorial service on 16 Apr 2007 Please copy this link, to your browser and sign his guestbook. Officer killed in Iraq was due to return home soon A Hampden Township man was near the end of his six-month assignment in Iraq when he was killed Saturday in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. U.S. Navy Supply Corps Commander Philip Murphy-Sweet's return was "imminent," Rear Admiral Michael Roesner said Monday afternoon at a press conference at the Naval Inventory Control Point in Hampden Township. Murphy-Sweet, 42, has been based at the depot since December 2004 and worked there as the director of maritime weapons systems. He leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, and three children -- two daughters and a son. Roesner, the NAVICP commander, said one is a teenager and two are preteens. This was Murphy-Sweet's first shore deployment to Iraq, although Navy officials said he served twice on Navy ships in the Middle East supporting the war effort. This time, he was working in Iraq as a contracting officer supporting Coalition troops. "Commander Murphy-Sweet was where he wanted to be," Roesner said. "He treated every assignment with excitement." Roesner said the officer volunteered for the Iraq mission and knew its dangers. "I think it's fair to say anyone in Iraq has to be prepared to go in harm's way." As a contracting officer, he worked in logistics, setting up services and supplies for Coalition troops. Seven other members of Roesner's command are serving in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Murphy-Sweet's death is the first loss in Iraq, he said. "This is a time of great sadness for the Navy, and certainly for the Murphy-Sweet family," Roesner said. Officials said the family has requested privacy. "I think it's fair to say that they are a very strong family in their family relationships and their faith," he said. Roesner called Murphy-Sweet a "gentleman" who had more than 16 years of experience in the Navy and was "superb" at leadership and training the next generation to take over. "He led a balanced life" between family and work responsibilities, Roesner said. Murphy-Sweet was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and his parents live in Idaho. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery and the funeral arrangements will be announced later, officials said.
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