Cmdr. Nathan J. Browne
Cmdr. Nathan "Skids" Browne is a native of Sacramento, California. He is a 2004 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He earned his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval aviator in July 2007.
Cmdr. Browne's operational assignments include tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 47, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77; Carrier Air Wing 11, and HSM-75; onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Cape St George (CG 71), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Pinckney (DDG 91).
After graduating from Naval Strike Air Warfare Center Rotary Wing Weapons School in August 2011, he reported for instructor duty at Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific (HSMWSP). His joint tour was at Headquarters United States European Command, in Stuttgart, Germany, as the Strategic Resources Branch Chief for the Directorate of Plans, Policy, Strategy, and Capabilities. He also served as Executive Officer at Fleet Readiness Squadron, HSM-40.
Browne has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours, primarily in the MH-60 Romeo and has over 430 free-deck landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific (CHSMWP) Pilot of the Year (2) and other personal, campaign and service ribbons.