Commanding Officer
LCDR James “Mack” Brunson
Executive Officer

LCDR James “Mack” Brunson is a native of Wilson, North Carolina. 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 and JPME Phase I in 2009.

His Division Officer tours were USS TARAWA (LHA 1) in San Diego, CA where he served as 2nd Division Officer; and USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58) in Mayport, FL, where he served as Ordnance, Force Protection, and Visit Board Search and Seizure Team Officer. He deployed operationally on both ships.

His Department Head tours were onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) where he served as Combat Systems Officer; and USS BATAAN (LHD-5) where he served as First Lieutenant. On each ship, he deployed operationally to C5F AOR as well as participating in several Humanitarian Assistance missions in the C4F AOR.

His shore duties include the Personnel Exchange Program – Canada from AUG 2004 through JUL 2006, where he served as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Forces Fleet School – Pacific. Post Department Head, he served as the Officer Promotion Planner in the OPNAV Staff, N131 directorate, from NOV 2010 through NOV 2012. During that timeframe he deployed as an Individual Augmentee, supporting the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay as the Executive Officer of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion from MAY 2011 through APR 2012. He most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer of Naval Beach Group TWO from FEB 2013 through MAY 2014.

LCDR Brunson is Command Qualified, and his awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal (2), 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.
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