Lex “Luther” Brown


Colonel Brown graduated from Portland State University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 1989 through the Platoons Leaders Class program. Second Lieutenant Brown graduated from The Basic School as the honor graduate in 1990 and attended primary flight training in Pensacola, Florida. He was designated as a Naval Aviator in 1992 and reported to VMFAT-101 in El Toro, California for training in the F/A-18 Hornet. In 1993, First Lieutenant Brown reported to MAG-31 Beaufort, South Carolina and was assigned to VMFA(AW)-533. He served as the Hawk’s Schedules Officer, Embark Officer, and Logistics Officer. He also completed two deployments to Aviano, Italy in support of Operation Deny Flight and Deliberate Force in 1993 and 1995.

Captain Brown reported to VMFA(AW)-332 in 1997 and was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. During his tour with the Moonlighters he served as the Pilot Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and was promoted to Major. He completed a combat tour to Taszar, Hungary in support of NATO Operation Allied Force in 1999 and logged the first Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System flights over Kosovo. He finished his time with the Moonlighters after a deployment to Iwakuni Japan in 2000.

Major Brown was then assigned to the Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps Aviation at the Pentagon. Major Brown acted as the Marine Corps requirement officer for the Joint Strike Fighter program from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 he reported to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Cherry Point, North Carolina for duty as the Air Tasking Order Development Officer. He deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in 2005 supporting the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In January 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Brown assumed command of VMFA(AW)-224 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort South Carolina. The squadron completed successful deployments to Nellis Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, and Iwakuni Japan. He relinquished command in November 2007 and reported to MAG-31 as the Officer In Change of Marine Aviation Training Systems Site, Beaufort. After top level school in 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Brown was assigned to US Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa FL. He served in the G-3 as the Information Operations Strategic Plans branch chief from of 2009 to 2011 and was promoted to Colonel. His last assignment was at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. During this tour Colonel Brown served as the Command Inspector General and the G-3 Operations Officer.

Colonel Brown is an honor graduate from Amphibious Warfare School in 1997. He also completed a master’s degree in Military Studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2001 and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies at the Air War College in 2009.

Colonel Brown has logged over 3000 mishap-free flight hours with more than 2800 hours in the F/A-18. His qualifications include: F/A-18 Mission Commander, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Forward Air Controller Airborne Instructor, Air Combat Tactics Instructor, Night Systems Instructor, Smart Weapons Instructor, Instruments Instructor, Division Tactics Instructor, and Tactical Air Coordinator Airborne Instructor.

Personal decorations and achievements include: the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Air Medal with Combat V, the Air Medal-Strike/Flight with bronze numeral seven, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, 1998 MAG-31 Alfred A. Cunningham Award and the 2000 General Holland M. Smith Award.