Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown serves as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, The Joint Staff. She is the principle advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on all C4 systems matters within the Department of Defense. Her service spans 34 years.
A native of Glen Cove, N.Y., She was raised in Marion, Ill., and is a 1973 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Miss. Following completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in June 1974, Brown reported to her first duty station, Naval Communications Station, Norfolk, serving as communications watch officer, followed by automation officer and personnel officer. She then served as the special projects and manpower requirements officer at the Naval Telecommunications Command in Washington.
After her tour in Washington, Brown attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Communications Systems Management. She was then assigned to the Defense Commercial Communications Office at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Ill. From this joint assignment, Brown attended the Naval War College and was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Her follow-on assignment was as the officer in charge, Naval Radio and Receiving Facility Kami Seya, Japan. Returning from overseas, Brown was assigned to the Joint Tactical Command, Control and Communications Agency in Washington. After this second joint tour, she was assigned as the executive officer at the Naval Communications Station in San Diego, and devoted a major segment of this tour to the establishment of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego. Following this tour, Brown attended the Senior Course at the Army War College, Carlyle, Pa.
In August 1993, Brown assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Cutler, Downeast, Maine. After completing her command tour, she was assigned in August 1995, to the National Security Council staff at the White House. In July 1997, Brown assumed command of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk. Completing her command tour in June 1999, Brown returned to the White House as the deputy director, White House Military Office. In October 2000, she reported to the Chief of Naval Operations as deputy director and Fleet Liaison, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (N6B). In August 2002 she assumed duties as vice director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (J6), the Joint Staff. In August 2004, she deployed to Iraq becoming the first Multi-National Force–Iraq C6 headquartered in Baghdad, and returned to the Joint Staff in April 2005. In August 2005 Brown assumed the duties as J6 director for both North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In August 2006 she assumed her current duties as the director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4 Systems), The Joint Staff.
Vice Admiral Brown's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with Gold Star), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with two Bronze Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal (with two Bronze Stars).