Commander Brown assumed the duties of Executive Officer, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in July 2019.
Prior to reporting to Training Center Yorktown, Commander Brown attended the U.S. Army War College’s School of Strategic Landpower where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies. As a student and researcher, Commander Brown focused on developing his strategic thinking and a better understanding how the U.S. can improve the interagency process to provide a whole-of-government approach to complex problems.
Prior to attending the Army War College, Commander Brown served as the Deputy Sector Commander for Sector St. Petersburg. He served as the alternate Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On-Scene Commander, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He oversaw the safe execution of the Sector’s missions of marine inspection, investigations, waterways management, compliance, search and rescue, homeland security, environmental protection, living marine resources, and law enforcement throughout the Sector St. Petersburg area of responsibility
Commander Brown has an extensive background in multi-mission operations, fostered through tours at the District Seven Office of Law Enforcement in Miami, FL, as the Group Operations Officer in Charleston, SC, as Response Department Head for Sector Baltimore, MD, and prior to his Deputy Commander position he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Law Enforcement, Security, and Defense Operations.
Commander Brown attended Florida State University and earned a Master of Science in Instructional Systems and a Performance Analysis Certificate in 2006. He applied the skills learned at Florida State, as a Performance Consultant and Training Specialist at Coast Guard Headquarters, to support the major systems acquisition program, the leadership and development directorate, civilian personnel, and the Reserve program.
Born near Detroit, his family re-located to Palm Harbor, FL where he attended high school and was accepted to the United States Coast Guard Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and spent his first operational tour as a Deck Watch Officer onboard a 210-ft cutter, the DURABLE, in St. Petersburg, FL from 1998 to 2000.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, six Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, 9-11 Ribbon, two Commandant Letters of Commendations, and multiple team and unit awards.
Commander Brown is married to the former Rachel Soyke of Palm Harbor, FL. They have two children, Nolan and Myla.