Monthly Luncheon
Aurora Hills Tin Cup Bar and Grill
Aurora, CO
Speaker will be BGen (ret) John Brown, USA. General Brown retired in October 2005 after more than 34 years of service to the United States Army. His final active duty assignment (1998-2005) was as Chief of Military History for the United States Army. In that capacity he formulated and executed the Army Historical Program; supervised historical studies supporting the development of plans, policies, doctrine, force structure and equipment; provided historical services and publications in support of Congress, DOD, headquarters, staffs and schools; edited and managed a publications account supporting over 600 active titles; coordinated history education in the Army School System; managed honors and lineages for Army units, active and reserve; maintained contact with foreign counterparts and coordinated conferences with them; coordinated the training and deployment of Military History Detachments and individual historians in support of ongoing operations overseas; supervised the Army Museum System and Army Art Collection; coordinated support for the National Museum of the United States Army; and provided other services as assigned. Previously General Brown served as Chief of Programs and Requirements for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE); Executive Officer to the Army DCSOPS; Commander of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Texas and Kuwait; G3 Operations for III Corps; G3 of the 24th Infantry Division; and Commander of the 2-66 Armor Battalion in Germany, DESERT SHIELD, and DESERT STORM. General Brown has commanded armor units at every level from platoon through brigade, and has served on staffs at every level from battalion through theater. General Brown‘s academic experience includes teaching at the United States Military Academy and chairing the Army’s Military History Coordinating Committee. He has published, edited and lectured extensively at home and overseas. Notable publications prior to retirement included Draftee Division, considered by many to be the definitive case study of divisional mobilization during WWII; chapters on the Army in the 1990’s and the Army in the Global War on Terrorism in the textbook American Military History; “the Battle for Norfolk” in Leaders in War: West Point Remembers the 1991 Gulf War; and “No-Gun Ri Revisited” republished in America’s Best Military Writing. Since retiring from active duty General Brown has continued to contribute as an historian, author and educator. As an historian for the American Battle Monuments Commission he has participated in designing visitor centers for the Normandy American Cemetery, Cambridge American Cemetery, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Manila American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument. He also assisted in authoring the ABMC Comprehensive Interpretive Plan, designed digitized campaign inter-actives for a dozen World War I and II campaigns, and designed digitized inter-active timelines for World Wars I and II. These inter-actives are accessible through www.abmc.gov under “Learning & Resources”. As an author General Brown produces the monthly column “Historically Speaking” in Army magazine. Under contract to the Department of the Army he has written Kevlar Legions: A History of Army Transformation 1989-2005, and is now editing Barbarossa: The Invasion of the Soviet Union to bring it to publication. He has served as Adjunct Professor on the faculty of Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and has also served as facilitator, panelist or lecturer elsewhere. General Brown is physically handicapped and walks with crutches. He has been married to the former Mary Elizabeth Hoisington for 45 years. They have two children, a daughter who is a lawyer and a son who is an army officer, and five grandchildren. Education: B.S. - United States Military Academy M.A. - Indiana University M.M.A.S. - United States Army Command and General Staff College M.A. - United States Naval War College PhD - Indiana University


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