Maj. Gen. Mark Brown is the Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered Air Forces and two fully accredited graduate and doctoral degree granting universities: Air University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. AETC operates more than 1,400 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 10 bases and five geographically separated groups. The command trains more than 293,000 Airmen per year with approximately 60,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.
General Brown was commissioned through the ROTC 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 four times consisting of two squadrons, a mission support group and a numbered Air Force, 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, Senior Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Chief Financial Officer for Air Force Materiel Command, responsible for a portfolio greater than $60 billion which at the time was 38 percent of the Air Force budget.
Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of Second Air Force, responsible for all Basic Military Training and 83 percent of the Air Force’s initial skills and advanced technical training.
1986 Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.
1991 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, 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, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2008 Joint Chiefs of Staff Level IV Anti-terrorism 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 Tennessee, Knoxville
2017 Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
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 AB, Spain
4. October 1992 - June 1994, Chief, Financial Analysis Branch, 20th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
5. July 1994 - September 1995, Commander and Regional Accounting and Finance Officer, 32nd Accounting and Finance Squadron, Incirlik AB, 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, the 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 - August 2016, Commander, Second Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss.
19. September 2016 – August 2017, Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
20. August 2017 – present, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, JB San Antonio–Randolph, Texas
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, the 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 with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze 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)
2016 NAACP Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts Sr. Award (for civil and human rights advancements)
2016 Inaugural inductee into the Tuskegee University ROTC Hall of Fame
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Military Comptrollers
2011 Broad Academy Fellow
"Continuum of Learning-Personalized Learning for Every Airman”. American Society of Military Comptrollers, Comptroller Magazine, Winter 2017
Commentary: "Brown's Bag-- budget and leadership lessons”. Air Force News, Air Force Materiel Command, July 2014
Commentary: “Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.” Air Force News, Air Education and Training Command, December 2014
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 March 2018)