CDR Ernest Brown
Senior Reserve Officer
CDR Ernest Brown currently serves as the Senior Reserve Officer for USCG Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA. He assumed this role in October 2019. In this capacity, CDR Brown serves as an advisor to the Command on the operational readiness and employment of more than 200 reserves.
Upon completion of Basic Training in 1986, CDR Brown served on Active Duty for more than 4 years stationed at USCG Station San Juan; the USCGC Point Warde, in Puerto Rico and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina; and the Marine Safety Office Baltimore. Upon transferring to the Reserve component, he served as a Firearms Instructor for Group Baltimore and LANT Area Armory. After 17 years in the enlisted ranks, both non-rated and as a Gunner’s Mate, CDR Brown was commissioned in 2003. Assignments as an officer include PSU 305; MSD Port Canaveral; Sector Jacksonville Response; JIATF South; US Southern Command and the Senior Reserve Officer for Base Detachment St. Louis.
CDR Brown has supported numerous hurricane events such as Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and Hurricanes Harvey and Nate. CDR Brown has also served in numerous Command and General Staff roles to include Operations Section Chief for the Florida Peninsula Command Post during Deepwater Horizon and Liaison Officer for the 2019 Golden Ray incident in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.
A native of Virginia, CDR Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from Towson University and completed his graduate work in Organizational Leadership and Development at Regent University. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Device; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Device; Air Force Commendation Medal; Coast Guard Achievement Medal; the Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device (4); Armed Forces Service Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal.
CDR Brown earned the Enlisted Boat Forces Qualification Insignia and holds ICS qualifications for Incident Commander and Operation Section Chief. CDR Brown also holds the Defense Operations and Readiness and the Incident Management and Preparation Officer Specialty Codes.