|LCDR Kenneth R. Brown
A native of Lexington, Virginia, LCDR Brown enlisted in the USN, Jan 10th, 1994. Upon successful completion of Basic Training in Great Lake, Illinois and Interior communications “A” School in San Diego, California, he reported to USS SCOTT DDG 995, one of four KIDD CLASS DDGs. Seventeen months after enlisting, he was afforded the opportunity and earned a four year NROTC scholarship and reported to Norwich University Aug 1995.
LCDR Brown earned his commission on May 8th, 1999 via the NROTC Program at Norwich University, in Northfield, Vermont, where he earned a BA in Peace, War, and Diplomacy. Upon graduating from the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island, LCDR Brown received orders to USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56), where he served as the STRIKE Warfare Officer, Boarding Officer, ATFP Officer, and Training Officer from September 1999 to October 2001. During his tour, SAN JACINTO served as the escort cruiser for USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) on her maiden deployment to Fifth Fleet.
Following a successful tour, LCDR Brown received orders to USS ANZIO (CG 68) as the Main Propulsion Assistant where he deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon completion of his tour, LCDR Brown received orders to Instructor Duty at Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
While on shore duty LCDR Brown served as an Instructor of Naval Science at Virginia Military Institute. He also served the University as a Mentor, Company TAC Officer, RAT Disciplinary Committee Advisor, and Rugby coach. While at VMI, he completed JPME Phase 1 through the Air, Command, and Staff College.
In 2006, LCDR Brown received orders to USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) as the Chief Engineer. While attending Department Head School, he completed a Master of Business Administration from Touro University. During his tour in USS MCFAUL, he prepared the ship for its Joint Warrior Deployment and Sixth Fleet Deployment. While deployed the Mediterranean, MCFAUL was dispatched to Batumi, Georgia to provide Humanitarian Assistance to the war torn country.
LCDR Brown screened for early command in 2008, and was assigned to USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) serving as the Executive Officer from June 2009, before becoming GUARDIAN’S 17th Commanding Officer on October 15th, 2010. During his tour GUARDIAN completed INSURV, a dry-dock maintenance availability, where GUARDIAN received the first and only Women At Sea MOD for the AVENGER class MCM, and various Goodwill visits throughout Japan. Shortly after assuming Command, LCDR Brown took GUARDIAN on a 6 month deployment covering over 14,500 nautical miles, visiting 15 ports throughout SE Asia. GUARDIAN crew honored to visit Darwin, Australia and marched in the annual ANZAC Day memorial, the first USN Sailors to do so.
Following a successful tour in USS GUARDIAN, LCDR Brown reported to Commander, United States SEVENTH FLEET, serving as a Future Operations planner, Deputy Current Operations, Current Operations, Lead Mine Warfare Planner, and Lead Sequestration action Officer from October 2011 until October 2013. LCDR Brown reported to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific as Director of Training, October 2013 and currently serving as Executive Officer.
LCDR Brown has completed three deployments, one (1) Mediterranean and two (2) deployments to the Persian Gulf and served 52 months in the FDNF. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Humanitarian Service Medal and various campaign and unit awards, highlighted by a Navy Unit Commendation and four Battle E Awards.