Michael J. Brand


27 September 2020 Cmdr. Brand was born in Georgia.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and served on the Special Projects Submarine USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL which earned two NUCs and one PUC during his tenure, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, and the USS WILLIAM H BATES. He was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1994 and received his commission from the Jacksonville University NROTC in 1996 while earning his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of North Florida.
His first commissioned tour of duty was aboard USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), where he served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer.  There he completed a Fifth Fleet deployment with the USS JOHN F KENNEDY BATGRU in 1997. His second DIVO tour was in USS BOONE as the AUXO and ELECTR-O combined. BOONE completed two CNT deployments during his tour.

His first shore duty assignment was to Fleet Technical Support Center Det Mayport. While on shore duty he completed his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of North Florida.
In January 2004, Cmdr. Brand reported to USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58) and served as the Combat Systems Officer. In June 2005, Cmdr. Brand was assigned to COMDESRON TWO FOUR as the N5, Combat Systems Training and Readiness. During this tour he completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME I) through the Fleet Seminar and US Naval War College CD based Programs.
In June 2007, Cmdr. Brand reported to the FFG CLASSRON as the N8 Metrics and Requirements Dept Head. While there he was selected for an Individual Augmentee assignment to Baghdad Iraq as an Electronics Warfare Officer embedded in the 45th and 50th Integrated Brigade Combat Team assigned as the Joint Area Support Group -Central for the US Embassy, Baghdad. Upon his return he served as the N3 for CDS14.
He has served as the Executive Officer for three years on the USS JOHN L HALL (FFG 32) and the USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) for 3 months of a SOUTHCOM deployment.
Cmdr. Brand graduated from the NAVAL WAR COLLEGE (Senior) and earned a second master’s degree in National Security Strategies and JPME Phase II.
Cmdr. Brand completed a tour of duty as Executive Officer in USS VICKSBURG and deployed on a SNMG2 deployment in 2014.
Cmdr. Brand served as LCSRON TWO in February of 2015 as the Chief Staff Officer. From 21025 to 2018.
Cmdr. Brand served as Naval Support Activity Bahrain as the Base Executive Officer from 2018-2019.
Cmdr. Brand’s is Command and Joint Qualified and his awards include the Meritorious Service Medals (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct (three awards) and various unit and service awards.

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