Annette E. Brown

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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, 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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