James M. Brown
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Captain Brown began his naval service after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1968. After being trained in Nuclear Propulsion Engineering, he served as Machinery Division Officer in USS Long Beach (CGN 9). He then transferred to the pre-commissioning unit of the USS South Carolina (CGN 37) as the Main Propulsion Assistant, and then later as Ordnance Officer. In June 1976, he transferred to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he served as a Company Officer until July, 1978.
Joining the nuclear powered cruiser USS California (CGN 36) as Engineer Officer, he deployed twice to the Indian Ocean/Southwest Asia areas. After service as an instructor at the Senior Officer Ship's Material Readiness Course in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Captain Brown was assigned as Executive Officer in the nuclear powered guided missile cruiser, USS Mississippi (CGN 40); as Commanding Officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Lawrence (DDG 4); and as commissioning Reactor Officer in the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Captain Brown's awards include the Navy's Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award), the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon and various campaign and service medals.