Maj. Gen. Mark Brown is the Commander, 2nd Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He is responsible for the development, oversight, and direction of all operational aspects of Basic Military Training, initial skills training, and advanced technical training for the U.S. Air Force enlisted force and support officers. Second Air Force provides training in more than 265 Air Force specialties through 2,014 courses graduating 150,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and international students annually in diverse areas including aircraft maintenance, civil engineering, medical, cyber, avionics, security forces, space and missile operations/maintenance, and multiple intelligence disciplines. The command includes training wings at Keesler AFB, Mississippi; Sheppard and Goodfellow AFB, Texas; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; a training group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and 103 operating locations around the world. Second Air Force also oversees all U.S. Air Force Airmen throughout the joint expeditionary tasking/individual augmentee training pipeline at several Army training sites across the country.
General Brown was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, and entered active duty in 1986. He has served in comptroller, command, and staff positions at all levels of the Department of Defense, including two staff assignments working directly with the legislative branch of government. His global experience includes serving in the Philippines, Spain, England, Turkey, and Iraq. He has commanded three times consisting of two squadrons and a mission support group, deployed in support of Operation Provide Comfort, served as the Assistant Executive Officer for the 17th Air Force Chief of Staff, and was the Financial Management and Comptroller Director for Air Mobility Command. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Comptroller for Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command with responsibility for 38 percent of the Air Force budget totaling approximately $60 billion.
1986 Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.
1991 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1992 Master of Public Administration, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
2000 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Master's degree in strategic studies, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Air War College, by correspondence
2005 Master's degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2007 Air Force Incident Management Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 AETC Senior Leader's Maintenance Course, Randolph AFB, Texas
2008 Expeditionary Mission Support Group Commanders Course, Air Expeditionary Center
2008 Joint Chiefs of Staff Level IV Antiterrorism Course
2009 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2014 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennesse
1. October 1986 - September 1988, Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines
2. October 1988 - October 1990, Accounting and Finance Officer, 380th Bombardment Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
3. November 1990 - September 1992, Accounting and Finance Officer, 401st Fighter Wing, Torrejon Air Base, Spain
4. October 1992 - June 1994, Chief, Financial Analysis Branch, 20th Fighter Wing, RAF Upper Heyford, United Kingdom
5. July 1994 - September 1995, Commander and Regional Accounting and Finance Officer, 32nd Accounting and Finance Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
6. October 1995 - June 1998, Major Command Budget Analyst for Flying Hour Program, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
7. July 1998 - July 2000, Commander, 7th Comptroller Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
8. August 2000 - June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2001 - February 2002, Base Operations Support Budget Analyst, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. March 2002 - September 2003, Assistant Executive Officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. October 2003 - July 2004, Congressional Liaison, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. August 2004 - June 2005, Student, National Defense University, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2005 - June 2006, Congressional Liaison and, later, Deputy Director, Budget and Appropriations Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Comptroller, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. July 2006 - June 2007, Senior Military Assistant, Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2007 - July 2009, Commander, 14th Mission Support Group, Columbus AFB, Miss.
16. August 2009 - October 2011, Comptroller, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
17. November 2011 - July 2014, Director, Financial Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. July 2014 - present, Commander, Second Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2005 - June 2006, Congressional Liaison and later Deputy Director, Budget and Appropriations Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Comptroller, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
2. July 2006 - July 2007, Senior Military Assistant, Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
1995 USAFE Accounting and Finance Officer of the Year
1995 Air Force Accounting and Finance Officer of the Year, runner up
1997 DoD Distinguished Budgeting Award
1999 ACC Financial Management and Comptroller of the Year
1999 Commander of ACC Comptroller Squadron of the Year
1999 Air Force Comptroller of the Year
2000 Tuskegee Airman Field Grade Officer of the Year, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Award
2012 Air Force James E. Short Award (Best Senior Mentor in Financial Management and Comptroller)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Military Comptrollers
2011 Broad Academy Fellow
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 24, 1986
First Lieutenant July 24, 1988
Captain July 24, 1990
Major April 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General Sept. 30, 2011
Major General Dec. 19, 2014
(Current as of April 2015)