A & C Companies 1970 – 1971
A Soldier for 30 years, K.C. Brown embarked on his third career, as a staff member of the RAND Corporation in 2014, conducting defense institutional reform efforts in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East on behalf of the Department of Defense. Previously, he was an aerospace executive with Northrop Grumman Corporation for thirteen years, leading their Army and Special Operations business development efforts.
In the Army, Colonel Brown served from platoon to Presidential level. In his final assignment, he was the Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. An Infantryman and strategist, Mr. Brown’s immediate past prior active duty assignment was as the Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon. He began his military career as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. He volunteered for Vietnam, serving with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry (No Slack) of the 101st Airborne Division, initially as the platoon leader of 2nd platoon, Charlie Company, then the Battalion S-3 Air and ultimately commanding Alpha Company. He subsequently commanded a second company in Germany as well as a battalion in the Berlin Brigade. Colonel Brown was a Ranger instructor at the Infantry School; taught as an Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at West Point and served at divisional and corps headquarters in Europe as well on the personal staffs of the Army Chief of Staff and the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
Mr. Brown was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1969 upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy. Following two years of graduate study at Mainz University in Germany, he was awarded an M.A. in German Literature by Middlebury College. A graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and the Army War College, he attended the Executive Leadership Program at the Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, MIT’s Seminar XXI and was the senior defense Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs in 1992-93.
Colonel Brown is a qualified Ranger and parachutist. Among his awards and decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and that of which he is most proud, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
His memberships include the American Council on Germany, the Atlantic Council, the Royal United Services Institute; AUSA and the Army Aviation Association. Colonel Brown serves on the board of the Army Scholarship Foundation and is a life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association.
K.C. and his wife Joan are the parents of two daughters and a son. The latter, a serving Infantry officer, is a veteran of two Iraq and one Afghanistan deployments and is currently assigned to the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force at Ft Belvoir, Virginia.