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Larry G. Brown Awarded Bronze Star
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012

Lieutenant Colonel Brown is enthusiastically recommended for the Bronze Star for his meritorious service while serving as the Future Operations Officer (FOPSO) for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing(Forward) (2d MAW(Fwd)), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)[II MEF(Fwd)], in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) from 10 February 2010 to 09 August 2011. Throughout this period, Lieutenant Colonel Brown was on the leading edge of 2d MAW(Fwd) contribution to the counterinsurgency mission in RC(SW) area of operations (AO) through detailed planning, integration and execution of aviation combat operations. Specifically, he led the Future Operations Department through a demanding, high tempo combat deployment, supervising the planning of over 570 named MAGTF operations, integrating aviation into over 135 Special Operating Forces (SOF) operations, and personally leading mission execution as the airborne Air Mission Commander for numerous large-scale SOF and conventional high visibility combat missions. As described in more specifics below, his tremendous effort and leadership has had significant impact to 2D MAW(Fwd) support to RC(SW)s primary lines of operation, greatly advanced SOF integration into the RC(SW) area of operations, and brought substantial Joint and Coalition aviation assets to bear in support of SOF and MAGTF objectives. Air Mission Commander Duties Lieutenant Colonel Brown was handpicked to serve as the overall Air Mission Commander to plan and execute 2dMAW(Fwd)s most complex aviation raids in support of eight (8) separate national, multi-national, and partnered SOF Task Forces. His leadership, maturity, and expertise were critical to mission success in all cases. Each mission involved significant detailed planning requirements, integration of numerous conventional and unconventional forces and agencies, and incorporation of Top Secret/ Special Compartmental Information and Special Technical Operations capabilities and assets. In execution, he was responsible for the real-time airborne management and integration of 20 or more aircraft each mission. In total, Lieutenant Colonel Brown planned, coordinated, and lead the aviation portion of sixteen (16) large-force missions consisting of inserts, overwatch, close air support, and extract of over 2,100 special operations and conventional forces into the most contested Taliban-controlled regions and high-payoff objectives within RC(SW). The combined effects of these missions were a significant blow to the Taliban in terms of arms, narcotics, finances, and human capital as well as expanding the influence of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) into remote regions of RC(SW) where there had previously been none. The impact of these missions, often the number one priority of Commander of ISAF Joint Command (IJC), cannot be understated. These missions were directly facilitated by Lieutenant Colonel Browns planning, execution and leadership. Specifically, Lieutenant Colonel Brown planned and executed the following missions as Air Mission Commander: - A 186-passenger heliborne assault in support of Task Force Helmand which included 2xMV-22, 1xKC-130, 3 x CH-47, 3 x CH-53E and 1xEA-6B plus various Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; incorporating an aviation deception operation in support of the actual insert. -A series of five 130-man SOF Commando raids into heavily Taliban-controlled terrain with no GIRoA presence; comprised of 4xCH-53, 2xAH-64s, 5xH-1, AC-130U, EC-130H, KC-130J, MC-12W, Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), 1xLynx and multiple Unmanned Aerial Systems. -A Task Force Helmand battalion insert into Central Helmand River Valley with 4xCH-47, 6xCH-53, 2xAH-64s, 4xH-1, EC-130H, MC-12W, Lynx, KC-130J. -Eight (8) large scale 130-man partnered International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) SOF and Afghanistan National Army (ANA) Commando raids using EA-6B, MC-12W, RQ-7, EC-135, U2, 2xA-10s and the KC-130J HHk. -A 110-passenger ISAF SOF and ANA Commando air assault incorporating 2xCH-53E, 3xCH-53D, 2xUH-1Y, 1xAH-1W, 1xMQ-7B, 1xEC-130H, 1xEA-6B, 1xMC-12W, 1xGR-4, and 1xB-1B. -A 127-passenger aerial assault using 4xCH-53E, 1xHHk, 1xLynx, 1xMC-12W, 1xEC-130H, BACN, 1xMV-22, and 4xH-1. Planning, Integration and Tactics Development In addition to planning and leading most of 2d MAW(Fwd)s most dynamic missions, Lieutenant Colonel Brown provided his unending energy and aviation expertise to advancing the Air Combat Elements impact throughout the assigned mission areas. As the Wings Weapons and Tactics Officer and lead mission planner, he advanced the TTPs and net effects of core missions such as assault support and advanced, tailored missions unique to the AOR. A prime example is the mission termed AEROHUNTER, which, under Lieutenant Colonel Browns guidance, standard templates and operating procedures were developed to specifically tailor assets to the situation. One mission template integrates multiple Joint, Coalition and USMC aviation capabilities to find, fix, interdict and exploit fleeting mobile targets without kinetically destroying them. He personally supervised the SOP development and planning for over 20 missions of this form of AEROHUNTER. These missions netted over 160 vehicles interdicted by aerial-borne interdiction forces, confiscation of over 6000 lbs wet opium, 600 lbs of heroin, numerous weapons and countless intelligence tips. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Brown supervised the development and detailed planning of another AEROHUNTER mission template in which USMC and coalition assets combine to find, fix, and kinetically destroy high priority Command and Control (C2) targets as defined by IJC. Under this version of AEROHUNTER, over 130 tons of aviation ordnance was delivered on targets which had a net impact of degrading the enemys C2 capability by an assessed 85% within Helmand Province. As a testament to the level of detail and care in which Lieutenant Colonel Brown applied to the planning, the numerous and highly kinetic AEROHUNTERs have resulted in zero civilian casualties or collateral damage. Lieutenant NAVMC 11533 (EF) Colonel Brown codified the various AEROHUNTER concepts of operations within the 2d MAW(Fwd) Tactical SOP which will lead to lasting contribution to Marine Corps Aviations effectiveness in the current and future counterinsurgency and conventional operations. Additional contributions Lieutenant Colonel Browns impact extended beyond the missions and focus areas previously described. He was 2d MAW(Fwd)s point man for integrating Wing operations with the eight separate SOF Task Forces that routinely operated within RC(SW) battlespace. Under Lieutenant Colonel Browns tenure as Future Operations Officer, the level of MAGTF aviation and SOTF interoperability increased dramatically. In addition to the missions he personally executed as Air Mission Commander, he directly planned the aviation support for numerous time sensitive, high priority raids, assaults, and Joint Prioritized Effects List (JPEL) target take-downs. Often with no more than four-hours, and at times less than two hours, Lieutenant Colonel Brown quickly energized the squadrons, gathered and analyzed mission information, drew up concept of operation confirmation briefs for Commanding General approval. Such responsiveness, willingness to provide aviation support, and professional execution of duties has established Lieutenant Colonel Brown as a recognized aviation expert throughout RC(SW) and the SOF community. Lieutenant Colonel Browns detailed planning capacity, operational understanding of the battle space, and clarity of vision facilitated and drove the creation of 2d MAW (Fwd)s ability to rapidly provide advanced aviation support often under high threat conditions to unconventional forces. This refined capability of time-sensitive planning and execution, routinely practiced and perfected by Future Operations under Lieutenant Colonel Brown, carried over to the Wings support of RC(SW) conventional forces including the units of II MEF(Fwd) and Task Force Helmand. In addition to greatly advancing the Wings rapid planning and execution capability, Lieutenant Colonel Brown spearheaded other advanced aviation support to RC(SW) organic forces. He lead an integrated planning team with members from II MEF(Fwd), 2d MARDIV(Fwd), and 2d MLG(Fwd) to develop, validate, and implement a series of CONOPS for MV-22 and C-130 aerial delivery options into high threat areas that would preclude helicopter landings or external lift operations. He adeptly integrated advanced Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) into supported units operations such as aviation fire support demonstrations, assault support feints, and deceptive overt battlefield illumination. He was the lead aviation and aviation support planner for operations that extended the MAGTFs reach to the border regions of RC(SW) enabling MAGTF and SOF units to enhance border security and to interdict illicit cross-border activities. Lieutenant Colonel Brown defined the concept of support, aviation sortie rate requirements, and feasibility estimates necessary to support these efforts along the RC(SW) border to include establishing Forward Arming and Refueling Points in the very southern portion of the RC(SW) AO. In his far-reaching contribution to 2d MAW(Fwd)s warfighting capability and effectiveness, Lieutenant Colonel Brown demonstrated unsurpassed knowledge, proficiency, and credibility as an aviator, planner and leader. He has gained the trust of the Commanding General, higher, adjacent, and external commands, particularly SOF Task Forces, who ask for him by name. His contributions have directly contributed to tremendous results on the battlefield including rapidly responsive and credible assault support, capture/kill of multiple HVTs, significant degradation to the Talibans financial base and warfighting capability, border security, and the use of aviation to expand the influence of GIRoA. His airborne leadership during high intensity, highly complex aviation combat operations was superlative. As the Air Mission Commander for the largest, highest visibility operations supported by 2d MAW(Fwd) during this deployment, his impact cannot be overstated. The supported unit, conventional or unconventional, is of course responsible for overall mission success. However, as Future Operations Officer and AMC for specified missions, it was Lieutenant Colonel Browns direction, supervision, and battlefield leadership that enabled the supported units insert, overwatch, aviation fire support, and eventual extract without which mission accomplishment would have been impossible. Due to his numerous accomplishments, the complexity of his tasks, the magnitude of impact on 2d MAW(FWD) success, and his sustained meritorious performance in actual combat operations, Lieutenant Colonel Brown justly deserves the recognition of the Bronze Star Medal. NAVMC 11533 (EF) Brown is the son of Larry and Barbara Brown of Mason.

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