Leadership
Executive Officer, 9th Communication Battalion
Maj. Steven P. Murello

Major Steven Murello was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 via Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in International Relations.  Following completion of The Basic School, Major Murello was designated as a Communications Officer and reported to Communication Company, 3rd Marine Division.  During his time in 3rd Marine Division, Major Murello participated in multi-national exercises COBRA GOLD, UNCHI FOCUS LENS, and YAMA SAKURA.  In July of 2008 he deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM to Nuristan Province Afghanistan. As a member of Embedded Training Team 4-4, Major Murello trained, advised, and assisted Afghanistan National Army soldiers in combat operations.  

In August 2009, he reported to National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at the National Security Space Institute, Major Murello performed duties as Course Director, Marine Corps Liaison, and Space Integration Instructor. In July 2010, Major Murello attended the U.S. Army Space Operations Officer Qualification Course and subsequently deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he served as the operations officer for Army Space Support Team 22. In that capacity, he integrated special intelligence programs and space effects for Regional Command South and Southwest.    

In June 2012, Major Murello was assigned to Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, where he served as the Marine Raider Regiment Assistant Communications Officer. In April 2013, he deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, where he oversaw special operations partner capacity development programs. In January 2014, Major Murello was transferred to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion to serve as the battalion Communication Officer. In that capacity, he oversaw network operations, satellite communications, and equipment allocation for Marine Special Operations Teams operating in the CENTCOM AOR.

In July 2015, Major Murello was recruited, assessed, selected, and trained for assignment within the U.S. Army 1st Capabilities Integration Group (Airborne). During his time in the organization, Major Murello served as a Company Commander and deployed twice in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. In June 2020, Major Murello reported to 9th Communication Battalion, for duty as the battalion executive officer.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Old Dominion University and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps University. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award) and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal.