Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, attends the promotion ceremony for Alan Brown. Brown's wife, Margie, promotes Brown from the rank of captain to major. (Photo by Sarah E. Lupescu, Missouri National Guard).
By Sarah E. Lupescu
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Alan Brown, a Wardsville resident and command historian for the Missouri National Guard, was promoted to the rank of major this week.
"These promotions are important," said Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. "Professional Soldiers always rise to the top and we have one rising right here. We look forward to his continued years of service to this state and nation."
Brown has served in the military for a total of 18 years. He joined the Air Force in 1982 and served for six years. He later joined the Virginia National Guard and then the Missouri National Guard. He has deployed to Sinai, Egypt and Ramadi, Iraq, and was also stationed in Europe.
"The Army has been good to me," Brown said. "The Army decided to promote me to major on my thirteenth wedding anniversary. I don't know if there is some sort of sign there, but I know it does include Family and my Family has been a great support system throughout my career."
During his time serving with the Missouri National Guard, Brown has had a handful of assignments. Some of which included a lot of time and dedication on state emergency duty.
In May 2011, Brown took part in the National Guard response in southwest Missouri in the aftermath of the tragic May 22 tornado.
Soon after returning home to Jefferson City from Joplin, Brown was again activated on June 9, this time for flood duty. He worked as an aide-de-camp to the Task Force 110 commander, which led efforts against the rising Missouri River in northwest Missouri.
Brown received the Missouri National Guard Commendation Ribbon for his efforts while supporting public affairs coordination and outreach efforts during Operation Southwest Twister and Operation Northern Tide.
He provided key coordination in Joplin helping with VIP visits and ensured information about ongoing operations was dispersed to public affairs officers and noncommissioned officers in the field.
During Operation Northern Tide, he proved to be an invaluable asset to the public affairs team while serving as a public affairs coordinator to the task force. His daily media updates and social media tracking records set a standard that will be followed in future state emergency missions.
Brown is supported in his military career by his wife, Margie, and daughter, Maria.
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