Lieutenant Colonel Brandon D. Brown graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in August of 2000 and served for 2 years as a Field Radio Operator in the USMC Reserves until he was accepted for the NROTC scholarship at The Citadel. He graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was then commissioned as a 2ndLt in May of 2003 and completed The Basic School in Quantico, VA. After being designated a Naval Aviator on 12 August 2005, he was selected to fly the Boeing-Vertol CH-46E “Sea Knight”. Later, he was selected on FY-15 Transition Conversion Board and became a UH-1Y Pilot.
Lieutenant Colonel Brown’s operational assignments include: HMM-265 (+), HMX-1, HMLAT-303, MAG-29 Headquarters, HMLA-167, 26th MEU, 31st MEU, VMM-162 (+), and 2d MAW G-3. During this time, he deployed the PACOM theater in support of exercises and operations to include humanitarian assistance during Operation TOMODACHI.
Lieutenant Colonel Brown’s assignments include Communications Officer, Schedule Writer, Pilot Training Officer, WTI Augment Instructor, Presidential Support Pilot, Plans Officer, Operations Officer, HMLA Detachment OIC, Aviation Maintenance Officer, Director of Safety and Standardization, and Future Operations Officer (2d MAW).
Lieutenant Colonel Brown is a graduate of Officer Candidate School, the Basic Officer Course, Naval Aviation Flight Training, CH-46 Pilot Training, Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, Expeditionary Warfare School (Resident), Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Management Course, Command and Staff Distance Education Program, and UH-1 Pilot Conversion Training.
Lieutenant Colonel Brown’s personal awards include: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (5th award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd award), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.