Major Christopher ”Chris” J. Brown is the Executive Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations East and Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was assigned to the battalion in July 2014.
Major Brown enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program on May 2, 1991, and reported to 2d Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina on January 21, 1992. Following graduation from MCRD, Parris Island, Major Brown reported to Marine Combat Training (MCT), Camp Geiger, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After MCT, Major Brown reported to Camp Johnson, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he received training as a 3531 Motor Vehicle Operator. Major Brown was promoted to PFC in July of 1992. Major Brown then reported to Truck Company, HQBN, 3rd Marine Division where he served from July of 1992 until August of 1994. While with Truck Company, he was assigned as a Motor Vehicle Operator assigned to 2d Platoon and participated in Operation Keen Edge, Cobra Gold 1993, and Operation Starlight. Major Brown was meritoriously promoted to LCpl in March of 1993, and meritoriously promoted to Cpl in September of 1993. In August of 1994 Major Brown reported to Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia and was assigned to the Base Motor Pool and served as a section leader for both Light and Medium vehicle sections, Major Brown also served as a dispatcher. Major Brown was meritoriously promoted to Sgt in November of 1995. In September of 1996, Major Brown was selected to drive for the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) General Richard I. Neal and was transferred to HQBN, Henderson Hall, Arlington, VA. Major Brown served as the driver for the ACMC until June of 1997.
Major Brown was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program in 1997 and reported to Newport, Rhode Island, where he completed the 10 month BOOST Program in June of 1998. After completion of the BOOST program, Major Brown was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and reported to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA in June of 1998. Major Brown was promoted to SSgt in March of 1999 and attended Officer Candidate School during the summer of that same year. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), Computer Information Systems, Summa Cum Laude, May 6, 2002 and was commissioned the same day.
Upon completion of The Basic School, and the Logistics Officers Course, Major Brown reported to 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in January 2003. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, in May 2003 where he served as the Maintenance Management Officer, Ordnance Officer, Assistant S-4 and the S-4 Officer. While with 2/6, Major Brown deployed in support of a 7 month Unit Deployment Program East to Okinawa, Japan. He also supported the battalion while attached to the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Major Brown participated in Revised Combined Arms Exercise (RCAX) 21 and Stability and Support Operations (SASO) 21, 29 Palms, California. Major Brown deployed with 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, in support of Regimental Combat Team 8 and later Regimental Combat Team 5, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 thru April 2006. Major Brown left 2/6 in June 2006 and reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan in August of 2006. He was promoted to Captain in December 2006. Major Brown served as the MALS 36, Logistics Officer, until August 2007 when he executed a Group Special Order move and filled a Majors billet as the MAG 36, Logistics Officer. While serving as the MAG 36, Logistics Officer, Major Brown participated in EXERCISES TALON VISION 2008 and COBRA GOLD 2008. Major Brown also provided guidance and logistical support during the Myanmar, Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief mission in May 2008. Major Brown served as the MAG 36, Logistics Officer until July 2008. In July 2008, Major Brown executed a Wing Special Order (WSO) and was assigned to the Wing G-4. Major Brown served as the Plans Officer. Immediately upon assignment to the Wing G-4, Major Brown deployed ISO a six month Individual Augment (IA) billet, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major Brown was assigned to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I), Camp Victory, Iraq and served as the OIC for the MNC-I, C-3 Transitions Cell. Major Brown completed this deployment in January 2009 and returned to the 1st MAW, G-4. Major Brown executed PCS orders in May of 2009 and began serving as the 2d LSP, I-I in June 2009. Major Brown served as the 4th MLG lead planner for EXERCISE AFRICAN LION 2010, a CJCS bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Moroccan military forces. Major Brown executed PCA orders in June 2012 where he held the billets of operations officer and plans officer, within the 2d Marine Division G-4. In March 2013, Major Brown deployed ISO Operation Enduring Freedom and served as the Executive Officer, Security Assistance Office Afghanistan, (SAO-A), Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, Kabul Afghanistan. Major Brown returned to the 2d Marine Division G-4 in September of 2013.
In addition to his military occupational specialty schools, Major Brown’s has completed Amphibious Warfare School Phase I & II courses, Tactical Logistics Officer Course (TLOC) 2005, and the Command and Staff Non-Resident Program 2007. Major Brown received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, May 3, 2008. Major Brown completed the Maritime Prepositioning Force Staff Planning Course, November 2012 and he also completed the Continuous Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Course, January 2013, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (Level 2) course, May 2013 and the Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), June 2014.
Major Brown’s personal military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 5th award, Good Conduct Medal 3rd award, and Sea Service Deployment 8th award.