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‘One’ of our Own: Brown promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

On July 1, 2004 Maj. Bobby Brown of Demopolis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. The ceremony was held in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. and was presided over by Brigadier Brigadier General Mark Beesley, United States Air Force. General Beesley is the Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team One, National Military Command Center. In attendance of the ceremony was Major Brown’s wife Del, son Markus, and daughter Mia. Also attending was his mother Mrs. Mary A. Brown and Aunt Ms. Ruby Owens of Demopolis. Brown is a 1982 graduate of John Essex High School and a 1987 graduate of Alabama State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Information Systems. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University. He was commissioned in the United States Army Signal Corps.

His first assignment was with the First Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he served as Base Operations Platoon Leader, Signal Detachment Commander and Battalion Signal Officer. He was reassigned to Hawaii where he serves as the Assistant G4 for Communications Maintenance with the IX ARCOM. He was later assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light), 125th Signal Battalion where he served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and Commander, Headquarter and Headquarters Company.

In 1997, Maj. Brown was reassigned to PERSCOM, Alexandria, VA where he worked as the Lieutenants and Captains Assignment Officer. Following CGSC he was assigned to Germany with the 1st Armored Division. He immediately deployed to Kosovo where he served as the Task Force Falcon, G6. He later served as the S6 for 1st Brigade, Battalion Executive Officer for the 141st Signal Battalion and S6 for the Division Support Command. He concluded his assignment in Germany serving as the division REAR, G6 in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2003, he was reassigned to the Director of Information System Command, Joint Staff Support Command Center, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (w/2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Medal, NATO Metal, and Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2 OLC). He also holds the Senior Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Royal Thai Parachutist Wings.