Hawaii’s Coast Guard commander receives leadership award

HONOLULU — The commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District here received a senior government leadership award Sept. 9 at a Fort Shafter ceremony.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown was recognized by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Hawaii chapter as senior government leader for the month of September.

AFCEA is an international organization of academic, civilian, government, and military professionals who work in the information technology, communications and engineering fields. The Hawaii chapter has more than 800 members representing the military, federal government and industry.

“We are extremely proud and honored to present Adm. Brown with this award,” said Cathy Pong, vice president of awards for AFCEA’s Hawaii chapter.

The Fourteenth Coast Guard District encompasses a 12.2 million square mile area of responsibility. Although it is the largest area of responsibility in the Coast Guard, it has the smallest workforce with only 1,150 active duty, 200 Reserve, 100 civilian and 400 Auxiliary men and women.

Brown is a native of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1978, with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in national resources strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a registered professional civil engineer.

“I am honored and humbled to receive such an award, and I’m proud to lead an organization as fine as the Fourteenth Coast Guard District,” said Brown.

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