|CAPT Kevin M. Brand
Captain Brand is a native of Houston, Texas and a class of ’91 graduate of Texas A&M University. Following commissioning, he attended initial Surface Warfare Officer training in Coronado, California in 1992.
His service at sea includes Division Officer tours in Communications and Deck Departments in Apra Harbor, Guam while serving aboard USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS-4) and Combat Information and Electronic Warfare Officer in San Diego, California while aboard USS BENFOLD (DDG 65). He also served aboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) as Flag Lieutenant for Commander SEVENTH FLEET in Yokosuka, Japan. His department head tours included two deployments aboard the Pearl Harbor based destroyer USS O’KANE (DDG 77) during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. In 2005, he commanded USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) until her decommissioning deploying in support of Humanitarian and Disaster relief operations in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Captain Brand’s previous assignment at sea was as Commanding Officer of the San Diego based destroyer USS BENFOLD (DDG 65).
Shore assignments have included Flag Aide to the Director of Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (OPNAV N6) and later, Flag Aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations (OPNAV N3/N5) in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has served as a section head in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operation’s Staff in Washington, DC as the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Requirements Officer and Naval Integrated Fire Control Resource Sponsor for the Deputy for Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86). More recently, he served as Director of the Commander’s Action Group for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Captain Brand is a March 2005 Forrestal award winner from the United States Naval War College graduating with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In 2014, he graduated from the National War College in Washington, DC as part of National Defense University.
Captain Brand assumed command of USS CHOSIN (CG 65) on 14 November 2014.
Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Navy Commendation Medal, two awards of the Navy Achievement Medal, and various other personal, unit, and campaign awards.