CDR James S. Brown, USN
Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Leave Activity
Commander Brown is currently the Commanding Officer, Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Leave Activity, Washington Navy Yard, DC. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1983 and reported onboard USS Caron (DD-970), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, in May 1984, where he completed a Mediterranean cruise and several special operations deployments. During this tour, he was approved for conversion to the Legalman rating. Upon graduation from the Legalman Course in May 1987, Commander Brown was assigned aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), located at Naval Base, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was undergoing Ship’s Life Extension Program.
Commander Brown’s next assignment was to the Naval Legal Service Office Detachment, Naval Air Station Oceana from July 1990 to July 1992. In August 1992, Commander Brown was selected to participate in the Enlisted Education Advancement Program, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He was initiated and promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September 1992.
After completing instructor training, Commander Brown reported for instructor duty at Naval Justice School, Newport Rhode Island, in October 1994. In June 1997, he assumed the duties as Head, Training and Information Resources Department and personally managed the JAG Corps’ multi-million dollar Centrally Managed Training Fund budget.
In 1998, Commander Brown was commissioned an LDO(Law) Ensign. After completing the Basic Lawyer Course, he reported to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) as Assistant Command Judge Advocate/Discipline Officer. During that tour, he made two Mediterranean deployments. In June 2000, he reported to the Pentagon as Flag Lieutenant and Aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Commander Brown next reported to Trial Service Office East, Norfolk, Virginia in September 2001, where he served as Command Services Department Head and Administrative Officer. From May 2007 to December 2007 as an Individual Augmentee volunteer, Commander Brown was the Officer in Charge, Magistrate Cell, Task Force 134, in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2004, Commander Brown’s served as Deputy Force Judge Advocate, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic until May 2008. From June 2008 to July 2011, he was the Officer in Charge, Naval Justice School Detachment, Norfolk, Virginia. His next assignment was Division Director, Administrative Support Division (Code 40)/Executive Assistant to the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Justice), Washington Navy Yard, DC.
Commander Brown is entitled to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy Commendation Medal (sixth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award), Good Conduct Medal (third award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (second award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and numerous other personal and unit awards.