Rear Adm. Brown To Receive National Recognition

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Washington, D.C., native, currently Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific here, has been named one of the Top Blacks in the Military by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, who will be featured in the magazine’s upcoming Homeland Security, Government and Defense, Winter edition, will receive a Stars & Stripes Coast Guard Award, to be presented during the Third Annual Stars & Stripes Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 17.

He has also been invited to attend the 22nd National Black Engineer of the Year Award Science (BEYA), Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference, also to be held at the Hyatt the week before. The BEYA Awards ceremony will recognize the achievement of African-American leaders.

A 1978 of the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Brown holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in National Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a registered professional civil engineer.

The admiral assumed command of MLC Pacific in June 2006. His previous commands include Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Coast Guard Group Charleston, S.C. He is slated to assume command of the 14th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Honolulu, in the summer.

In previous tours of duty, Brown served as Assistant Engineering Officer aboard the Coast Guard cutter Glacier, home ported in Portland, Ore.; Project Engineer at Civil Engineering Unit Miami; Deputy Group Commander at Coast Guard Group Mayport, Fla.; Engineering Assignment Officer in the Officer Personnel Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; Facilities Engineer at Support Center Alameda here; and Assistant Chief, Civil Engineering Division at Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific here.

From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Military Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, including duty as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for six months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. In May 2003, he served as the Chief of Officer Personnel Management at the Coast Guard Personnel Command. From April to July 2004, he was temporarily assigned as the Senior Advisor for Transportation to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. Working in a combat zone, he oversaw restoration of Iraq’s major transportation systems, including two major ports.

Brown’s military decorations include the U.S. Transportation Secretary’s Gold Medal, Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Transportation 9-11 Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal and several other personal and unit awards. In 1994, Rear Admiral Brown was honored as the first recipient of the Coast Guard’s Captain John G. Witherspoon Award for Inspirational Leadership.

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