Erroll M. Brown

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Errol M. Brown
Errol m brown.jpg
Official United States Coast Guard portrait.
Born 1950 (age 66–67)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1967–2005
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held

Commander, 13th Coast Guard District

Commander, Integrated Support Command, Portsmouth, VA

Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command, Atlantic

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2)
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard Unit Commendation

Erroll M. Brown is a retired rear admiral in the United States Coast Guard. Brown was the first African-American promoted to flag rank in the Coast Guard.[1]


After graduating from Dixie M. Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1968, Brown enrolled in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.[2] In 1972, Brown graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, majoring in Marine Engineering. He also earned a master's degree in Naval Architect and Marine Engineering and a second masters in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 1986, Brown received the Masters of Business Administration degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then received a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies when he graduated from the Naval War College in 1994.[3]

Service Years[edit]

Brown served on ships including the Coast Guard Icebreaker Burton Island (WAGB-283), Cutter Jarvis (WHEC-725), and Cutter Rush (WHEC-723). He has held positions on board ships including Damage Control Assistant, Assistant Engineer Officer, and Maintenance Type Deck Officer. He has also served in the Small Boat Branch as the supervisor for two inspection officers Instructors in the Marine Engineering Department at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, and served as Executive Officer. He has been a Program Reviewer in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Programs Division in Coast Guard Headquarters, and has served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. He was also assigned as Chief of the Budget Division in the Office of the Chief of Staff in Coast Guard Headquarters. In 1998, Brown was promoted to rear admiral.[4] Recently, he was the Commanding Officer of the USCG Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth, VA. Before he retired, he was the Commander of the Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic in Norfolk, VA.

He retired after 33 years of service. He currently serves as the program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

He coauthored with Harry Benford of the University of Michigan a book entitled Ship Replacement and Prediction of Economic Life.[5] He presented this to the 25th Annual Colloquium of Shipbuilders in Hamburg, Germany at the University of Hamburg.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold award stars)
Sec Transportation Outstanding Achievement Medal ribbon.PNG Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (with two gold award stars)
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award ribbon.png Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Cgmuc.jpeg Meritorious Unit Commendation
Gold star
National Defense Service Medal (with one gold service star)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Special Operations Service Ribbon (with three gold award stars)
Bicentennial Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
AnArcRib.svg Antarctica Service Medal
Coast Guard Arctic Service ribbon.svg Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Medal
Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon.svg Sea Service Ribbon
CGRifRibEx.jpg Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal
United States Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with expert device.svg Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal


  1. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Personnel". Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  2. ^ Reef, C. (2010). African Americans in the Military. Facts On File, Incorporated. ISBN 9781438130965. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Rear Admiral Erroll Brown, USCG". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  4. ^ Brown, Erroll M.; Prof. Harry Benford (1977). Ship Replacement and Prediction of Economic Life. University of Michigan Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.