Rear Adm. Charles W. Brown was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and he is a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Brown holds a master's in Mass Communication and Media Studies from San Diego State University, and he is the first flag officer and senior active duty public affairs officer accredited in public relations and military communication.
During more than 20 years as a public affairs officer (PAO), Brown has served as the fleet PAO for both U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Third Fleet, the special assistant (Public Affairs) to the Chief of Naval Operations, the force PAO for U.S. Naval Air Forces, and the aircraft carrier and battle group PAO for USS Constellation (CV 64) and Cruiser Destroyer Group One. Brown has also served as deputy PAO for U.S. Fifth Fleet/U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, deputy PAO for Naval Surface Forces, and fleet media officer at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Brown has led communication campaigns that have earned a Silver Anvil Award and an Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America, a Thomas Jefferson award from the Department of Defense, and numerous Rear Admiral Thompson Awards for Excellence in Navy Public Affairs. He has deployed in direct support of Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.