Naval Officer Holds Promotion Ceremony on Set of "24"

Story Number: NNS061122-01Release Date: 11/22/2006 8:02:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Thompson, Navy Information Office West

LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- Lt. Stephanie Murdock, Navy Office of Information West (NAVINFOWEST) project officer, was promoted from lieutenant junior grade to lieutenant during a ceremony held on the "24" television show's Counter Terrorism Unit set Nov. 13.

Murdock had been a Reservist for four years and was augmented to active duty last month.

The Navy's Chief of Information (CHINFO), Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, promoted Murdock during a visit to NAVINFOWEST.

"When I learned he was coming out, I was just hoping he would be able to fit my promotion into his schedule," said Murdock.

During Smith's visit, he was taken to the television shows "24," "NCIS," and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in order to meet some of the production companies that the office works with.

"None of my promotion ceremonies have been as interesting," said Murdock. "My background is so invested in film and television that it seemed appropriate to have it done on a set."

Murdock received her master's in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. She also spent five years working in both commercial and television production jobs in the Los Angeles area before transitioning to active duty.

The promotion ceremony was a first for the crew of "24."

The crew enjoyed the experience. They did not realize how formal a promotion ceremony could be, said the producer of "24," Michael Klick.

NAVINFOWEST is a field office, under CHINFO, who maintains liaison relationships with the film and television production industry and assists with Navy assets or research requests.

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