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Leadership - Biographies

Vice Admiral Matthew J. Kohler
Commander, Naval Information Forces

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, as a naval intelligence officer. Kohler holds a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in computer science and from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in military history.

His operational tours include intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron 102 on USS America (CV 66), director of Intelligence (N2) for Commander Amphibious Squadron One on USS Peleliu (LHA 5); and N2 for Cruiser Destroyer Group Two, USS George Washington Battle Group.

His shore tours include Intelligence Analyst and Systems and Communications Officer for U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; Junior Intelligence Officer detailer and Assistant Community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C.; deputy director of Intelligence (J2), Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren, Virginia; director of Intelligence Operations, United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida; and director of Intelligence (J2) for Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida.

He has been the commander of Naval Information Forces in Suffolk, Virginia, since its establishment in October 2014. His other Flag assignments include J2, U.S. Africa Command, in Stuttgart, Germany; deputy director of Naval Intelligence, in Washington D.C.; deputy commander Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet; and deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency, in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Kohler’s personal awards include the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award, the Defense Superior Service Medal (four awards), Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Vice Admiral Brian B. Brown
Commander, Naval Information Forces

Vice Admiral Brian B. Brown

Vice Adm. Brian Brown graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of California San Diego and a Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Upon commissioning, he initially served as a surface warfare officer and transferred to naval oceanography in 1990. He now serves as a member of the Navy’s Information Warfare community. He is also qualified to wear the U.S. Air Force Space Operations Badge.

As a flag officer, Brown commanded the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, served as deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and directed programming for information warfare capabilities as Director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N2N6F) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 2014, he was appointed as the head of the Navy’s Space Cadre.

At sea, Brown served aboard USS Frederick (LST 1184) as a deck division and navigation/administration officer. As an oceanographer, he served as mobile environmental team officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31; as battle force oceanographer/scheduler on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group 8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and, as fleet oceanographer on the staff of Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet aboard USS La Salle (AGF 3) in Gaeta, Italy.

Ashore, Brown commanded the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Facility Jacksonville and the Naval Oceanographic Office. Other shore tours include operations officer, Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Facility San Diego; assignment/placement officer and assistant oceanography community manager, Navy Personnel Command; deputy commander, Naval Oceanography Operations Command; executive officer, Naval Oceanographic Office; undersea warfare program manager for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; and, executive assistant to the oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N2/N6E).

In June 2018, he assumed command of Naval Information Forces.