|CAPT Wayne R. Brown|
Commanding Officer (July 2014 - September 2014)
CAPT Brown grew up in New York City, New York, where he attended St. John’s University, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 1986. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1986 and upon graduation from Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, he served on board USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) in the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) from November 1986 to April 1989, advancing to Aviation Technician Petty Officer Third Class (AT3). CAPT Brown was accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS), Newport, RI in April 1989.
CAPT Brown attended OCS from April to July 1989, followed by attendance at Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer Course (SWOSDOC), and then reported to USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43) as the Electrical Officer in February 1990, where he served until July 1992. He then served on board USS NASSAU (LHA 4) as Assistant Combat Systems Officer/Combat Systems Officer from July 1992 to February 1994, where he was designated as a Full-Time Support (FTS) Officer.
CAPT Brown served on board USS PENSACOLA (LSD 38) from March 1994 to August 1995 as Assistant Chief Engineer/Chief Engineer and then attended Department Head School until March 1996. He served on board USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) as Chief Engineer from April 1996 to November 1997 and then completed his follow-on Department Head tour on board USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) as Chief Engineer from January 1998 to July 1999, where he selected as a Prospective Executive Officer (PXO).
CAPT Brown attended the Naval War College, Newport, RI from August 1999 to June 2000, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies and Foreign Affairs and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I. He then reported to Reserve Center, Adelphi, MD, where he served as Executive Officer/Commanding Officer from August 2000 to August 2001.
CAPT Brown completed SWOS PXO School in October 2001and then served on board USS PONCE (LPD 15) as XO from December 2001 to April 2003, where he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, delivering over 1100 Marine troops, ammunition, and their equipment to the Persian Gulf, and conducted mine sweeping/clearing operations in the northern Persian Gulf with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14). He then reported to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (ASN (M&RA)) in May 2003, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Military Personnel Policy). He was selected for Afloat Commander Command during this tour.
CAPT Brown served as Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Adelphi from July 2005 to January 2007, providing administrative support to over 400 officer and enlisted Selected Reservists and their Active Component supported commands. CAPT Brown then assumed command of USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) on June 29, 2007, where he served until April 10, 2009. During his at-sea command, GUNSTON HALL deployed with the USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group to the Persian Gulf from July 2007 to January 2008. He also spearheaded the successful completion of the first LSD Mid-Life Cycle Upgrade from July 2008 to April 2009 at Metro Machine Corporation shipyard. CAPT Brown reported to Sea Basing (N81M) as Branch Head in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division N81in May 2009, where he served until July 2011 and completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Walden University during off-duty hours. CAPT Brown then attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) from August 2011 to June 2012, where he completed his Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy and JPME Phase I/II.
CAPT Brown reported to USS BOXER (LHD 4) on December 17, 2012 as Executive Officer and assumed command on July 2, 2014.
CAPT Brown has earned the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and service awards.