|LCDR James “Mack” Brunson
CDR James “Mack” Brunson, a native Wilson, North Carolina, 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, 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. During that tour he was deployed as an Individual Augmentee supporting the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay as the Executive Officer of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion. Following the remainder of his OPNAV tour, he then served as the Chief Staff Officer of Naval Beach Group TWO.
He is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the USS SHILOH (CG 67), foreign deployed to the SEVENTH Fleet, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
CDR Brunson’s 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.