Join us for heavy appetizers and drinks as we host Captains Brown and Austin via Zoom at the Social House Fort Worth! Not only did these two amazing Captains command our great USS Fort Worth, they're also some of our most entertaining hosts!
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Captain Christopher A. Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is a native of Queens, New York. He is a 1993 graduate of New York’s College of Aeronautics and earned his commission in 1998 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. At sea, Brown served on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets with deployed operations in the Atlantic, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Western Pacific areas of operation. His sea assignments include assault officer, auxiliaries officer, and assistant combat information center officer in USS Kearsarge (LHD 3); fire control officer in USS Chancellorsville (CG 62); engineer officer in USS James E. Williams (DDG 95); assistant chief of staff for administration (N1) and flag secretary on the staff of Commander, Carrier Strike Group TEN (CCSG 10); executive officer in USS Freedom (LCS 1) and as commanding officer in USS Squall (PC 7), USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Monsoon (PC 4), and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Ashore, he served as current ships and maintenance requirements officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Division (N96). He most recently served as branch head for networks, communications, and electromagnetic spectrum operations (N6) at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Headquarters in San Diego, California. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various unit and expeditionary awards. Captain Brown will be assuming command of LPD-25 USS Somerset this coming summer.
Captain Spencer P. Austin is a native of Knotts Island, North Carolina. He earned his commission from North Carolina State University as part of the NROTC program in July 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Austin’s sea duty assignments include communications officer and first lieutenant aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69); navigator aboard USS Taylor (FFG-50); and operations officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65). Following his selection for early command, he served as executive officer aboard MCM Crew Fearless, embarking USS Chief (MCM 14); and fleeted up to commanding officer aboard USS Ardent (MCM 12); and commanded USS Pioneer (MCM 9), successfully completing several Arabian Gulf deployments and crew swaps. His next afloat tour was as executive officer of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 101 embarked aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), completing a deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. He next served as commanding officer aboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and he later served as commanding officer of USS Wichita (LCS 13). Following that assignment, he served as deputy commodore at Commander, Naval Surface Squadron FIVE in Bahrain. Ashore, Captain Austin successfully completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also completed a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies while attending the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School at the Naval War College. He served as the Officer Recruiter for Las Vegas as part of Navy Recruiting District, San Diego. He also served as the course coordinator for Surface Warfare Officer School, and as Deputy Director for Sea Combat Division. Spencer’s most recent assignment was as Commander’s Action Group Director at Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). His current assignment is commander, Mine Division TWELVE, which includes LCS 14, 16, 18, and 20.