WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today announced the appointment of three key defense staffers who will handle military, veterans, NASA, and national security issues for the Senator’s office. The latest hires will coordinate with Alabama’s armed forces and veterans; the Department of Defense; Congressional authorizing and appropriations committees; defense communities; and industry partners on behalf of the Senator.
The state of Alabama plays a critical role in our country’s national security with five military bases and our defense industry partners,” Sen. Tuberville said. “From our Army Aviators at Ft. Rucker in the Wiregrass, to our airmen coming through Maxwell in Montgomery, to our missile defense and testing at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, to our shipyard in Mobile – our state is a proud home to thousands of reservists, multiple guard units, and so many veterans who have proudly served their country.”
Morgan Murphy will serve as Senior Advisor for national security, foreign affairs, and intelligence matters. A Birmingham native, Murphy is a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He most recently served as an advisor and press secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and the Acting Secretary of Defense, Chris Miller. In that role, Murphy helped inform the American people on Operation Warp Speed and accompanied the Secretary on international travel to Afghanistan, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE, Djibouti, Indonesia, the Philippines, Germany, United Kingdom, and a host of other nations. Murphy holds a masters in business administration from the University of Oxford, his joint professional military education degree from the Naval War College, and an undergraduate degree in English literature from Birmingham-Southern College. Murphy will operate out of the Senator’s Capitol Hill office.
COL (R) Brian Naugher will oversee the interaction with all Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Emergency Management entities in the State as the Senior Defense Liaison. Naugher is a native of Opelika and currently resides in Guntersville. Prior to joining Senator Tuberville’s team, he served as the Commander of the 226 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and Joint Task Force Tarpon. In his civilian capacity, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Department of Defense Business Development for Caelum Research Corporation. He also brings numerous years of experience in the healthcare industry while serving in several positions at The SSI Group in Mobile. He has a Business Management Degree from the University of Mobile and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He also serves on the Marshall County School Board, Marshall County Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors and the University of Mobile Presidential Advisory Board of Directors. Naugher will be based in the Senator’s Huntsville office.
Ashley Satterfield will assist with constituent correspondence and legislation relating to military and veteran’s issues as the Military Legislative Correspondent. A native of Decatur, Alabama, Satterfield brings extensive background knowledge catering towards the aerospace and launch industry from her time spent working with United Launch Alliance’s Governmental Relations Department in D.C. Most recently, she served as the Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Steven Palazzo. Additionally, she interned in the Washington, D.C. offices of Congressman Mo Brooks and Congressman Robert Aderholt. Satterfield has an undergraduate degree in public administration focusing on public policy and technical writing from Auburn University. Satterfield will work in the Senator’s Capitol Hill office.
Tuberville previously announced the hiring of Stephen E. Boyd as his Chief of Staff and Bradley Hayes as his Legislative Director.