Annette E. Brown

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Rear Admiral Annette Elise Brown
Born Los Angeles, California
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1974-2005
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held MSCO Bremerhaven, Germany
Naval Station Everett
Navy Region Southeast
Awards Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Annette Elise Brown is a retired rear admiral of the United States Navy.

Early life[edit]

A native of Los Angeles, California, Brown attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management in 1973.[1]

Navy career[edit]

In 1974, Brown completed Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign. Her initial assignment was at the U.S. Air Facility, Sigonella, Sicily.[1]

This was followed by a tour on the staff of the Commander Pacific Fleet, where she volunteered for the Women at Sea Program.[1] As a result, Brown was assigned to USS Prairie (AD-15) as Operations Officer and Navigator. She qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer.[1]

A tour on the staff of Commander, Navy Surface Forces Pacific from 1982 to 1984 was followed by three tours of duty with the Military Sealift Command (MSC).[1] Brown served with the MSC in San Diego, California and then in Washington, D.C., followed by a tour as Commanding Officer, MSCO Bremerhaven, Germany, directing the shipment of United States Army vehicles and equipment through northern European ports in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.[1]

After a subsequent tour as the Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Base Seattle, she assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everett, Washington State, where she served from 1996 until 1998.[1]

In July 1998, Brown was nominated for Rear Admiral (lower half).[2]

From October 1998 to March 2000, she served as Director, Shore Installation Management Division (N46) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.[1] From March 2000 until September 2002 she was the Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command (Personal Readiness and Community Support), Millington, Tennessee.[3] and then assumed duties as Commander, Navy Region Southeast on October 29, 2002.[4] Brown was the first woman to command Navy Region Southeast.[4] She retired on December 9, 2005 after her change of command ceremony.[5]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Admiral Brown's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.[1]


Brown earned a master’s degree in Business Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Rear Admiral Annette Elise Brown USN". Biographies. United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Memorandum for correspondents". United States Department of Defense. July 22, 1998. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Flag officer announcements". United States Department of Defense. June 8, 2001. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ a b Davis, Beth (October 29, 2002). "Navy region gets 1st female commander". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ England, JO1 Mike (December 15, 2005). "Boensel takes the helm". Jacksonville Air News. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ebbert, Jean and Marie-Beth Hall (1999). Crossed Currents: Navy Women in a Century of Change [Third Edition, Revised and Updated]. Washington, D.C.: Brassey's. ISBN 978-1-57488-193-6. 

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