The Edmond Sun

April 1, 2013

Colonel finishes Army career with Oklahoma National Guard


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — After nearly six years of service with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and a total of 30 years service with the U.S. Army, Col. Otis L. Brown will retire from the Army on May 31.

Brown has been assigned as the senior Army advisor to the Oklahoma Army National Guard since July of 2007 and previously served in the same capacity for the Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska Army National Guard.

Brown graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1983 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology. Upon graduation, Brown received his commission as a second lieutenant in Armor Branch. He then attended the armor officer basic course, at Fort Knox, Ky., and the initial entry rotary wing course, at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Brown’s first assignment was with Troop D, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., where he served as the aeroscout platoon leader.

Brown’s other assignments have included, commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation (Attack), Katterbauch, Germany; operations systems analyst, for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management, Headquarters, U.S. Army Material Command, Alexandria, VA.;  executive officer, 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Republic of Korea; airborne operations /logistics officer aboard the United States Strategic Command’s Airborne Command Post, Offutt AFB, Neb.; senior military advisor to the Commanding General, Tactical Training Command, Iraqi Ministry of Defense; while assigned to the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.

Brown is a Joint Specialty Officer and has a Master’s of Science degree in Strategic Planning from the U.S. Army War College and Master’s of Arts degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, the Command and General Staff College and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.

Brown’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal 3rd Award, the Aerial Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Brown is a Senior Army Aviator and is Air Assault qualified.

“It’s been my great pleasure to serve among the outstanding men and women of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, Brown said. “I have learned much from our association and it has been my honor to tell (the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s) story of dedicated and selfless service to our nation. I thank God for allowing me to live my dream and for placing great people along my path who believed in me.

“As I culminate my service, I am confident that this nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of brave Soldiers like you,” Brown concluded.

Brown is married to the former Sandra R. Manuel of Pine Bluff, Ark. They have two children Taryn, age 22, and Myles, age 18.       

“Col. Brown has served the Oklahoma Army National Guard, not only as our active duty advisor, but as a mentor and friend to every Soldier and Airman in our organization,” said Brig. Gen. Robbie Asher, chief of the joint staff for the Oklahoma National Guard. “He has been a trusted advisor on hundreds of issues over the past six years and I will miss his honest and forthright opinions.”

Following his retirement, Col. Brown and his family plan to make their home in Edmond.