Brig. Gen. Thomas E. Murphy is the Vice Commander, 24th Air Force and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Murphy is responsible to the commander for the Air Force's component numbered air force providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force personnel extend, maintain and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. The general assists the commander in directing the activities of two cyberspace wings, the 624th Operations Center, and the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
General Murphy graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He has served in multiple operational and training assignments in the C-5, T-1 and T-38. He has commanded the 47th Flying Training Wing, the 376th Expeditionary Operations Group and the 9th Airlift Squadron, and has also served on the staffs of a combatant command and the Air Force headquarters. Prior to his current assignment, General Murphy was the Deputy Director, Operations and Plans Directorate, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.