Lieutenant Commander James “Mack” Brunson
LCDR James “Mack” Brunson was born in Wilson, North Carolina on September 27, 1977. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech, and was commissioned through NROTC in 2000. He completed a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University in 2009.
His Division Officer tours were onboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as 2nd Division Officer, where he qualified Officer of the Deck Underway and Surface Warfare Officer; and the USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58), where he served as Ordnance, Force Protection, and Visit Board Search and Seizure Team Officer.
His first shore duty was with the Personnel Exchange Program – Canada, from August 2004 through July 2006. During this tour he was billeted as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Forces Fleet School – Pacific, as the subject matter expert to the Canadian Navy for the Standard Missile Type II.
LCDR Brunson completed Department Head School in April, 2007 and served as the Combat Systems Officer onboard the USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) from June 2007 to March 2009. During this tour he qualified Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and Engineering Officer of the Watch. He stood TAO for one Persian Gulf deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and the Humanitarian Assistance mission, Operation CONTINUING PROMISE.
LCDR Brunson completed his second Department Head tour as the First Lieutenant aboard USS BATAAN (LHD 5), where he deployed to the Persian Gulf as well as in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE-Haiti. He also completed JPME Phase 1 and is Command Qualified.
He recently completed his first Post-DH Shore assignment in the OPNAV Staff as the Head Officer Promotions Planner (N131F); and while attached to OPNAV he completed a 1 year Individual Augmentee tour as the Executive Officer of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, supporting the Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay. He currently serves as Chief Staff Officer of Naval Beach Group TWO.
LCDR Brunson’s awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), as well as several unit, campaign and service decorations.