Commander Brooks was raised in Greenland, NH. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1995 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after completing a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
Commander Brooks started his career at Naval Weapons Station Earle, NJ as the Assistant Public Works Officer. He then served as the Base Operations Support Contract Manager at Naval Support Activity Diego Garcia. He joined the Seabees of NMCB FORTY in 1999 as the Bravo and Charlie Company Commander deployed to Guam and later served as the Detail Officer-in-Charge deployed to Naval Air Station Sigonella.
Commander Brooks reported in 2001 as the Civil Engineer Corps Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN. He later attended the Financial Management program in Monterey, California.
Commander Brooks joined the Seabees of NMCB ONE in 2005 as the Operations Officer deploying to Fallujah, Iraq with details in Europe and the Caribbean. Immediately upon return to homeport in Gulfport, MS, he led disaster recovery operations as a subordinate unit of Joint Task Force Katrina. He later deployed to Okinawa with details and detachments throughout Southeast Asia.
Commander Brooks is a plankowner of the 25th Naval Construction Regiment where he served as the Operations Officer in 2007. He then served as the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Director at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Prior to assuming command of NMCB ONE in July 2012, he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Commander Brooks is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, and a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee. He holds Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration, and Security Strategy.
Commander Brooks has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (3), and other unit and campaign awards.