Former CenComm Commander to Speak at Saint Leo University on Wednesday

February 26, 2014

The community is invited to hear General Doug Brown, U.S. Army (ret.), at Saint Leo’s University Campus at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 26 in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Social Sciences. His presentation is titled “NATO and Its Relationship to World Politics.” Questions and answers will follow his lecture. The community is invited to attend this free program.

General Bryan "Doug" Brown recently retired after a distinguished career of 40 years in the United States Army. Gen. Brown most recently served as the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. U.S. Special Operations Command is the Department of Defense's lead command for planning and synchronizing the Global War on Terrorism.

In 2008, he was a speaker at the undergraduate ceremony for the Saint Leo University commencement.

General Brown entered the Army in 1967 as a private in the infantry and, over his many years of service, he advanced to the rank of four-star general. During his career, he was involved in combat operations in Vietnam, Grenada, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and others. General Brown was the first member of the Army's Aviation Branch to be promoted to the rank of four- star General.

General Brown holds a Bachelor's Degree from Cameron University and a Master's Degree in Business from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Education Program's National and International Security Managers Course. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “Valor” Device. He also wears the Special Forces Tab, Master Army Aviator Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. General Brown is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and was selected as the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot of the Year for 2007.

For more information about the program, contact Amanda Wright, academic coordinator for social sciences, at or (352) 588-8602.