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Chief Master Sergeant JAMES L. BROWN

Chief Master Sgt. James L. Brown is the command chief for the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, and as such, manages the enlisted force and represents their interests at all levels. He serves as the personal advisor to the commanding general on all issues regarding the professional development, readiness, training, utilization, health, morale, and welfare of the Airman assigned to the PRANG. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the command senior enlisted leader, USNORTHCOM Joint Task Force Civil Support. Chief Brown served as the chairman of the Air National Guard’s Enlisted Field Advisory Council and was a member of the Air Directorate Field Advisory Council and the Strategic Planning System Council representing 91,000 enlisted members.

Chief Brown entered the Air Force in 1985. He was assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., as a nuclear security specialist. He was transferred to Woensdrecht AFB, Netherlands then Wuesheim AFB, Germany where he served as a Ground Launched Cruise Missile nuclear security specialist. His military background includes numerous leadership roles at squadron, group, wing, deployed command, combatant command, Joint Forces Headquarters, and with the State Partnership Programs.

Chief Brown was mobilized in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH and COVID-19. Chief Brown is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations for leadership, distinctive accomplishments in support of Security Forces activities worldwide, and for joint civil-military operations. Chief Brown retired after 32 years in law enforcement as a Chief of Police.

1989  Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Hahn AB, Germany
1999  Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2000  Federal Bureau of Investigation Explosive Ordinance School, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
2001  Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter AFB, Ala.
2006  Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, Park University, Mo.
2008  Chief Executive Course, Washington, D.C.
2010  Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Quantico, Va.
2011  Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2011  Master of Public Affairs degree in Public Affairs-Disaster and Emergency Management, Park University, Mo.
2014  Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2014  Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course
2014  Leadership Enhancement Program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
2017  Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University
2017  National and International Leadership Course, Washington D.C.
2017  Enterprise Perspective Course, Washington, D.C.
2018  Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course II, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2018  KEYSTONE, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2019  Strategic Mindset Course, Washington, D.C.

1. August 1985, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. October 1985, USAF Security Police training, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. December 1985, USAF Air Base Defense School, Camp Bullis, Texas
4. January 1986, Nuclear Security Specialist, 342nd MSS Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
5. August 1987, Ground Launched Cruise Missile Training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. January 1988, GLCM Nuclear Security Specialist 486th MDS, Woensdrecht AFB, Netherlands
7. January 1989, GLCM Nuclear Security Specialist 38th MDS, Wuesheim AFB, Germany
8. 1990-1995, Security Specialist, 190th SFS, 190th ARW, Kansas Air National Guard
9. 1995-2002, NCOIC of Security Forces, 190th SFS, 190th ARW, Kansas Air National Guard
10. 2002-2004, Security Forces Superintendent, 190th SFS, 190th ARW, Kansas Air National Guard
11. 2004-2011, Kansas Homeland Security Manager, Joint Forces Headquarters Kansas National Guard
12. 2011-2015, State Command Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters-Kansas National Guard
13. 2015-2017, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Forces Headquarters-Kansas National Guard
14. 2017-2021, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, USNORTHCOM, JTF-CS, Fort Eustis Virginia
15. 2021-Present, Command Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters-Puerto Rico Air National Guard

Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster

Chief Master Sergeant June, 2005

(Current as of October 2021)