Rear Adm. (ret) Brown, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., completed Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in 1974, following graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Business Management. She also holds a master’s degree in Business Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Her initial assignment was at the U.S. Air Facility, Sigonella, Sicily. Following a tour on the staff of the Commander Pacific Fleet she volunteered for the Women at Sea Program, and was assigned to USS Prairie (AD 15) as Operations Officer and Navigator – ultimately qualifying as a Surface Warfare Officer. Rear Adm. Brown served on the staff of Commander, Navy Surface Forces Pacific from 1982 to 1984. Rear Adm. Brown’s next three tours of duty were with the Military Sealift Command (MSC). After serving with MSC in San Diego and Washington, D.C., she served as Commanding Officer, MSCO Bremerhaven, Germany; directing the shipment of U.S. Army vehicles and equipment through northern European ports in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Rear Adm. Brown’s next assignment was to the staff of Commander, Naval Base Seattle where she served as the Chief of Staff. Upon completion of this tour she commanded Naval Station Everett from 1996 to 1998. In October 1998 she reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Director, Shore Installation Management Division (N46). From March 2000 until September 2002 Rear Adm. Brown served as the Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command (Personal Readiness and Community Support), Millington, Tenn. In her final assignment, Rear Adm. Brown assumed the duties as Commander, Navy Region Southeast in October 2002. Rear Adm. Brown’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and others.