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Commanding Officer (October 14, 2016 - Present)
LCDR Matthew Brown
Commanding Officer (October 2016 - December 2017)

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Brown is a native to Owings, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2005, earning a Bachelor of Science in History. He subsequently received his commission and reported for active duty in June 2005.

Operationally, he has served aboard guided missile destroyers and cruisers and in various joint capacities. His fleet assignments include service as Deck Division Officer in DDG CREW SIERRA, Counter-Indirect Fire Platoon Leader with the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division, Main Propulsion Assistant in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE, and Operations Department Head aboard the Navy’s first Forward Deployed Naval Force – Europe asset, USS DONALD COOK. He has made extended deployments in support of Horn of Africa – based counter piracy missions, Black Sea Operations in response to the 2014 Crisis in Crimea, and various named operations to include Atlantic Sentry, Sharp Sentry, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, LCDR Brown’s assignments include duties as Executive Assistant and Aide to the director of Strategy and Policy (J5EA), US Joint Forces Command; Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy and Policy, US Joint Forces Command; Special Assistant for Civilian Personnel Transition, US Joint Forces Command, and Director Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXXII (CNO SSG).

LCDR Brown is currently a Master of Business Administration (Financial Management) candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. While in residence, his research on alternative finance vehicles and venture capital outreach contributed to the development of the newly established Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx).

LCDR Brown is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of the San Diego, CA based Mine Countermeasures Ship, USS SCOUT (MCM 8).

His awards include the Joint Forces, Navy and Marine Corps, and Army Commendation Medals, as well as several other personal, unit, and campaign awards.




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Command Senior Chief
Executive Officer (October 1, 2017 - Present)
Command Master Chief
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