Earlier today the Coast Guard paid tribute to Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, deputy commandant for mission support, as he retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in a ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Brown spent 36 years serving our nation as a member or our service. As deputy commandant for mission support, he was responsible for guiding 17,000 military and civilian mission support professionals in service of Coast Guard forces deployed worldwide.
At his retirement ceremony, Brown was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, gold star in lieu of a second. In the citation accompanying the award, Brown was recognized for his inspirational leadership in tackling two significant challenges facing our service – support for Coast Guard families and leading the effort to eliminate sexual assault from the Coast Guard:
Vice Admiral Brown’s strategic vision translated the Year of the Coast Guard Family into a program of sustained focus under the Family Campaign Plan. The reinvigorated effort improved family housing, access to family services and innovative support programs. As the Coast Guard Executive Agent for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Vice Admiral Brown conceptualized and implemented a robust campaign to eliminate sexual assault in the Coast Guard. In close coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, he guided an Executive Council to identify concerns and improve sexual assault prevention and response policies.
Vice Admiral Brown’s previous commands include Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Force West, the 14th Coast Guard District, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, Sector Honolulu and Group Charleston. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Military Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, including duty as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for six months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In May 2003, he served as the Chief of Officer Personnel Management at Coast Guard Personnel Command. From April to July 2004, he was temporarily assigned as the Senior Advisor for Transportation to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. Working in a combat zone, he oversaw restoration of Iraq’s major transportation systems, including two major ports.
On behalf of the entire Coast Guard and a grateful nation, we wish Vice Adm. Brown fair winds and following seas in his well-deserved retirement. Please leave your own messages for the admiral in the comment section below.