General Bryan “Doug” Brown served as the Commander of U. S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fl. USSOCOM is responsible for all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces and is Department of Defense’s lead command for planning and synchronizing the Global War on Terrorism.
General Brown entered the Army in 1967 as a private in the infantry. He immediately entered training for Special Forces. After completing the Qualification Course, he served on an “A team” in the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. After completion of Officer Candidate School, he attended Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
General Brown served at all levels of command and staff to include three company commands and two battalion commands. General Brown also commanded the legendary 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
As a general officer, he served as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), Fort Riley, KS and then returned to Special Operations as the Director of Plans, Policy and Strategic assessments at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fl. General Brown then assumed command of Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC and later U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC.
During his career, he was involved in combat operations in Vietnam, Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and others.
General Brown was the first member of the Army’s Aviation Branch to be promoted to the rank of four-star General and to serve as a Combatant Commander.
General Brown is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Education Program’s National and International Security Managers Course. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Cameron University and a Masters Degree from Webster University.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” Device. He also earned the Special Forces Tab, Master Army Aviator Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. General Brown is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and was selected by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society as their Patriot of the Year for 2007 and is a member of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame. He has presented at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and such notable corporations as FORD, BASF and others. He is the President of Tier 4 Consulting, LLC and has served as a Senior Advisor to the CEO of Smith and Wesson since his retirement.
General Brown is married to Penelope Brown and they have two daughters, Tracy and Shannon and five grandchildren.
General Brown retired on 1 September 2007 after 40 years of service.
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