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COL Phillip B. Brown, Jr.

Colonel Phillip B. Brown, Jr. is a native of Opelika, Alabama and a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in Chemistry/Life Sciences. In 1999, after attending Infantry Officer Basic course and the U.S. Army Ranger School, he commissioned as an Infantry Officer and was assigned to 3-7 Infantry, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. While in 3-7 IN, Phil served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and Headquarters Company Executive Officer. In 2001, while as the HHC XO, Phil deployed to Kosovo as part of the NATO peacekeeping mission.

In 2002, he successfully completed the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), and ultimately completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2004. Colonel Brown arrived at 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2004, assumed command of SF Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA) 144, and immediately deployed to Afghanistan to conduct combat operations in Eastern and Southern Afghanistan. Phil and SFODA 144 later deployed to the Philippines in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (CJSOTF-P). Upcoming completion of his ODA command, he commanded HHC 1st SFG (A) until June 2007.

As a Major, he served as the B/1-1 SFG(A) Commander and Battalion Executive Officer in Okinawa, Japan. During this timeframe, he returned to the Philippines, where he served as the Task Force Mindanao Commander, a Joint/IA assignment blending CT advisement and partner-nation development in support of CJSOTF-P and USEMB Manila objectives. He later served at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Fort Bragg, NC from 2013-2016, performing duties in various operations and plans positions across CONUS and the Middle East. From 2016 to 2018, he commanded the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, where he helped Soldiers heal and navigate the transition process, from returning to duty or honorable separation from the Army. Later, he returned to JSOC in 2018 to continue in various plans positions, including training and operations support in EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility.

Colonel Brown is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2020 focusing on his studies on cyber warfare and tech innovation, coupled with Joint warfighting concepts. Colonel Brown’s schools include the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Captain’s Career Course, Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), the Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger School, Airborne school, and Military Freefall Parachutist Course. His awards include the Special Forces tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s badge, the Expert Infantryman’s badge, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service, and others.

Colonel Brown is married to Jennifer J. Brown, and they have four children: Isaac, who recently graduated high school and will attend the University of Washington’s prestigious computer science program this fall; Elijah is a sophomore in high school at Father Capodanno HS in Vass, NC., who spends his time in various martial arts; Edith is in seventh grade and actively trains on the cello; and Eleanor is in fifth grade, who pursues multiple athletic pursuits from soccer to dance. Colonel Brown and his wife also have a female Newfoundland, Sully. Colonel Brown enjoys all college sports, travel, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.