Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to retired Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown on his selection to be President Barack Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction at the Department of Commerce. In a statement issued by the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Brown, the former U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.
“Manson Brown was a tremendous leader for our Service. His national and international experience as a Coast Guard leader and one of our nation’s leading civil engineers leaves him well-prepared to navigate the environmental and weather-related policy decisions that will impact the safety and security of American communities and business interests,” said Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft. “I look forward to working with Manson on these issues, and I wish him a speedy confirmation.”
If confirmed, Brown will bring a wealth of operational leadership experience to his new position at the Department of Commerce. In addition to serving as DCMS from 2012 to 2014, he served as commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area from 2010 to 2012 and as commander of Coast Guard District 14 from 2008 to 2010. Brown’s previous tours of duty include Assistant Engineering Officer aboard the icebreaker Glacier and command of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Group Charleston. In 2006, he assumed command of Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific, where he had previously served as Assistant Chief of the Civil Engineering Division. In 2004, he served as Senior Advisor for Transportation to Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2003, Vice Admiral Brown served as the Chief of Officer Personnel Management at Coast Guard Personnel Command. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. Brown, a civil engineer, received a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.