Specialist Etienne Murphy entered the Army at Fort Benning, GA in 2013, where he completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) as an Infantryman. He was then assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.
After his initial service at Fort Drum, Specialist Murphy desired a greater challenge, so he volunteered for service with the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment in October 2015. He attended the Army's Basic Airborne Course and the rigorous Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) at Fort Benning, GA.
Upon graduation, he earned the title of "Army Ranger" and was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah GA, where he served as an Anti-Tank Gunner.