Commander Lester A. Brown, Jr.
Commanding Officer
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CDR Lester Brown hails from Hanover, MD and attended the United States Naval Academy. Upon earning his commission in 1996, CDR Brown reported to his initial sea tour onboard USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) where he served as Communications Officer and Main Propulsion One Division Officer. He reported to his second division officer tour onboard USS SIDES (FFG 14) as the Main Propulsion Assistant and later the Ordnance Officer.

As a department head, CDR Brown first served as Chief Engineer onboard USS PATRIOT (MCM 7). For his second department head tour, CDR Brown served as a Chief Engineer onboard USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), during which he completed a Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Surge deployment. CDR Brown reported to USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) in May 2012 as Executive Officer and took command of McFAUL June 2013.

Ashore, CDR Brown served as Surface Warfare Division Officer at Afloat Training Group, Pacific in November of 2000. In August 2006, he joined OPNAV as a staff officer at the Executive Panel of the CNO and later worked in OPNAV's Assessment Division (N81) as a force structure analyst and helped organize the Navy's Analytic Agenda.

CDR Brown has a Master's of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Master's degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. CDR Brown's personal and unit awards include: GWOT Expeditionary Medal, five Battle Efficiency Ribbons, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals.