Brown, David, LCpl

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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Current/Last Primary MOS
2531-Field Radio Operator
Current/Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1983-1984, 2531, 1st Bn, 9th Marines(1/9)
Service Years
1981 - 1984
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Shellback Certificate
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Lance Corporal

 Official Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Shellback Jungle Expert

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle SharpshooterPistol Sharpshooter

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1981, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), M/3101
 Unit Assignments
3rd Recruit Training BattalionMCAGCC 29 Palms, CAIII MEF7th Communication Bn
31st MAU1st Bn, 9th Marines(1/9)
  1981-1982, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
  1982-1982, 2531, MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
  1982-1982, 2531, III MEF
  1982-1983, 2531, HQ Co, 7th Communication Bn
  1982-1983, 2531, 31st MAU
  1983-1984, 2531, 1st Bn, 9th Marines(1/9)
 Formal Schools and Courses
  1982-1982, Field Radio Operator Course (29 Palms School Bn B Co, California)
  1983-1983, Tactical Air Control Party Course (Camp Hansen 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - Valiant Usher '82
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - Jade Tiger '82
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - Golden Lion '82
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '83
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - Bear Hunt '84
  1984-1984 Training Exercise - CAX '84
 Reflections on Service
 Colleges Attended
Golden West CollegeOrange Coast CollegeCalifornia State University, Long Beach
  1985-1987, Golden West College
  1986-1988, Orange Coast College
  1987-1992, California State University, Long Beach
  1996-1998, Others/Not Listed
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 3442, Kenneth Kuper PostPost 8American Veterans (AMVETS)1st Battalion, 9th Marines Association
Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Korea Defense Veterans Association3rd Marine Division Association
Chapter 1PlankownersNational Veterans Memorial and Museum
  1998, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 3442, Kenneth Kuper Post (Life Member) (Custer, South Dakota)
  2005, American Legion, Post 8 (Life Member) (Pierre, South Dakota)
  2011, American Veterans (AMVETS)
  2012, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines Association
  2012, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)
  2018, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
  2019, Korea Defense Veterans Association
  2020, 3rd Marine Division Association
  2020, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 1 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  2022, Plankowners of the National Museum of the Surface Navy, Plankowners (United States)
  2022, National Veterans Memorial and Museum
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 23, 2014, Other Photos
  Aug 30, 2015, Message Photos
 Additional Information
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MPN News January 16, 2019

Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of US Army Africa, promising to "hit the ground running."

The US is not waging any wars in Africa but it has a significant presence on the continent. Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and other special ops are currently conducting nearly 100 missions across 20 African countries at any given time, waging secret, limited-scale operations. According to the magazine Vice, US troops are now conducting 3,500 exercises and military engagements throughout Africa per year, an average of 10 per day  - an astounding 1,900% increase since the command rolled out 10 years ago. Many activities described as "advise and assist" are actually indistinguishable from combat by any basic definition.

There are currently roughly 7,500 US military personnel, including 1,000 contractors, deployed in Africa. For comparison, that figure was only 6,000 just a year ago. The troops are strung throughout the continent spread across 53 countries. There are 54 countries on the "Dark Continent." More than 4,000 service members have converged on East Africa. The US troop count in Somalia doubled last year.


Bloomberg Article -- Manuel Noriega, Panama Dictator Imprisoned by U.S., Dies at 83

Manuel Noriega -- As dictator from 1983 to 1989, the former general and Central Intelligence Agency source was accused of rigging elections, having ties to drug traffickers and ordering the killings of opponents. His "Dignity Battalions" broke up protests with baseball bats. After 22 years in U.S. and French jails, Noriega was returned to Panama in December 2011 to face murder and embezzlement charges connected to his six-year rule.

He also asked for forgiveness "from any person who feels offended, affected, harmed or humiliated by my actions or by those of my superiors as they carried out orders, or by those of my subordinates, during the responsibility of my civil and military government."

The day after Noriega's remarks, Varela said "it's time to forgive. The Panamanian people have moved on from that period of dictatorship."

ArmyTimes Article -- Retired Master Sgt. Hank Beck

In 1980, Beck completed the Special Forces qualification course and headed to 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After working on the Special Forces scuba team and training local forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, he said, he retired in 1985, just a few months after graduating from the Sergeants Major Academy.

Fortitudine vol 29 no 4 -- "Exercise Jade Tiger" 31st MAU in Wahiba Sands, Oman pg #11 (PDF)

David A. Brown USMC 1981-1984 on (PDF)

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