|CMDCM Andre D. Brown
Command Master Chief - Gold Crew
Command Master Chief Andre D. Brown hails from Vicksburg, MS. He entered active naval service in August 1993, reporting to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. Upon completion of recruit training he attended Apprenticeship Training.
Master Chief Brown served at sea in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Fleet Air Reconnaissance ]Squadron Five (VQ 5), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (Sea Comp) Four Five, Detachment Nine attached to USS Paul F. Foster
(DD 964), USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) AND USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) as a part of the Navy’s first ever DDG crew Swap experiment and USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Assignment ashore included: Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Five (VQ 5), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Lights Four Five (Shore Comp), Naval Air Station Meridian, MS and Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Detachment Mayport, FL.
In 2005 he was promoted to Chief Navy Command Career Counselor while assigned to NAS Meridian. February 2008 he was assigned as an Individual Augmentee to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center HQ Norfolk, VA as the GSA-IA Career Counselor for all personnel deploying to IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, KUWAIT and HORN OF AFRICA. After completing his 12 month IA he returned to USS Boxer and completed the 2009 deployment. In 2010 he was promoted to Senior Chief and assigned as the Deck Department LCPO. In February 2011 he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program. May 2013 he was promoted to Master Chief and Aug 2013 he reported to USS Independence (LCS 2) Crew 202 as the Command Master Chief.
He is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy Class 171, Command Master Chief Capstone 116 and 3M Systems Coordinator/Inspector. He has earned an Associate’s of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Coastline Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management from Excelsior College and Career Management Professional-Certified from Institute of Career Certifications International.
Master Chief Brown’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medal (three gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (one gold stars), Humanitarian Service Medal and numerous individual campaign and unit awards.