General Doug Brown, (US Army, Ret.)
General Bryan Douglas Brown, (US Army, Ret.) was the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) prior to his recent retirement in July 2007. As USSOCOM's combatant commander, he was responsible for all unified special operations forces, both active duty and reserve, leading the Global War on Terrorism.
Gen Brown has a Bachelor's Degree in History from Cameron University and a Master's Degree in Business from Webster University.
He entered the Army in 1967 as a private in the infantry. Upon completion of Airborne School and the Special Forces Qualification Course, he served on a Special Forces "A Team" at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
As a general officer, he served as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, Kansas. He also served as director of Plans, Policy and Strategic Assessments (J5/J7) at the U.S. Special Operations Command MacDill AFB, Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg and Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB.
His combat tours include Vietnam, as well as Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Desert Shield/Storm and others.
His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. General Brown is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Education Program's National and International Security Managers Course.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with "V" Device, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He also wears the Special Forces Tab, Master Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Military Freefall Badge.