Sergeant Major Robert H. Brown Jr. was born on 25 March 1969 in Erie, Pa where he grew up. He graduated from Tech High School in 1987.
SgtMaj Brown enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1987 and underwent recruit training Parris Island, South Carolina. Following completion of recruit training Private Brown reported to the Assault Amphibious School Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California for training as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle crewman (MOS 1833).
Upon graduation from MOS School in January 1988, PFC Brown checked into Alpha Company, 1st AAV Battalion, MCB Butler, Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan for duty as an AAV crewman. While serving with 1st AAV Battalion PFC Brown, participated in various training operations on Okinawa as well as deploying to Korea in support of Operation Team Spirit and Operation Bear Hunt. In July 1988, PFC Brown returned with his unit to Camp Pendleton, California following completion of the six-month deployment in Okinawa.
Following his transfer to Bravo Company 3rd AAV Battalion, LCpl Brown began the pre-deployment training program for his unit’s upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit where he served as an AAV Crew Chief. Upon returning in July 1990, his unit immediately redeployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 to support Operation Desert Shield. During this deployment, LCpl Brown served with Obstacle Clearance Detachment 1, Team Tank, Task Force Ripper, where he was a crew chief for an AAV with an Mk-154 mine-clearing line charge.
Upon returning to Camp Pendleton in April 1991, Cpl Brown transferred to Assault Amphibious School as an AAV instructor where he performed as a line Crew Chief and later as a Weapons System/Platform Instructor. While at the school, Sgt Brown qualified for a secondary MOS of 2141, Basic AAV Mechanic. During this period, he also attended the NCO School and finished in the top 10% of his class.
Sgt Brown transferred to C Company, 3rd AAV Battalion, Camp Pendleton in 1995. During the two years at Camp Pendleton, Sgt Brown deployed to Okinawa twice in support of the Unit Deployment Program and was involved in numerous work-ups, short deployments to 29 Palms, and shipboard operations.
In 1997, SSgt Brown attended Drill Instructor School at MCRD San Diego, and upon graduation was assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. While serving with Hotel Company, SSgt Brown served as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for six platoons. During this period, SSgt Brown attended the Career Course, where he graduated with honors.
In October 1999, SSgt Brown attended the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program in Quantico, Virginia where he graduated as the Honor Graduate. Upon graduation, SSgt Brown returned to MCRD San Diego as a Platform Instructor and later as the SNCOIC of Close Combat.
During the summer of 2000, SSgt Brown transferred to Combat Support Company, 3rd Marine Regiment Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. While at CSC, he performed various duties, which included Platoon Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant. SSgt Brown advanced to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and deployed in support of various work-ups and operations in and around the Hawaiian Islands, as well as Australia. GySgt Brown attended the Advanced Course, where he graduated second in his class. In 2003, GySgt Brown returned to A Company, 3rd AAV Battalion and deployed to Iraq in the early part of 2004 as an operations chief in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon returning to the States and promotion to First Sergeant, 1stSgt Brown transferred to School of Infantry West. While with SOI, 1stSgt Brown was the First Sergeant for Fox Company, Student Administration Company, Separations Company as well as Advanced Infantry Training Company.
In 2008, 1stSgt Brown moved to Okinawa and was assigned to General Support Motor Transport Company, 3rd Combat Logistics Regiment. While with CLR-3, 1stSgt Brown deployed with the Regiment to Thailand as the Regimental Sergeant Major for Exercise Cobra Gold ‘08 and supported Operation Caring Response following the natural disaster in Burma. In December 2008 SgtMaj Brown transferred to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18, MACG-18, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. In November 2009, SgtMaj Brown transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 4, where he currently serves as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
SgtMaj Brown’s personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a combat V and two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a gold star, and Combat Action Ribbon with a gold star.