US Army announces general who will lead Futures Command in Austin

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Lieutenant General John M. Murray - Army Futures Command

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The United States Army has chosen the general who will lead the Army Futures Command in Austin once it opens.

Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, who is currently serving as deputy chief of staff at Army Headquarters in Washington, was appointed to the rank of general and assignment as Commanding General, the Army announced Tuesday. 

Austin was chosen as the headquarters for the Army Futures Command (AFC) last month in part due to the talent and entrepreneurial spirit here. The AFC aims to develop cutting-edge technology for soldiers under a more centralized structure.

“This is the biggest organizational change for Army since 1973,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said in July. 

The Army anticipates bringing 500 people — active duty and civilians — to this new location.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved providing space for the Army at 210 West Seventh St. in downtown Austin. An official timeline on when operations will begin in Austin has not been released.

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