RADM Erroll M. Brown

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1. I am pleased to announce that the BGCA has invited RADM Erroll
Brown, USCG (retired) to be inducted into its National Alumni Hall of
Fame, Class of 2022.

2. The Community Services Command (CSC) maintains a strong
relationship with the BGCA. The Coast Guard currently has four youth
programs affiliated with the BGCA at Base Detachment Borinquen, Base
Cape Cod, TRACEN Petaluma, and BASE Kodiak. Coast Guard active-duty
members may also enroll their dependent children in local Boys and
Girls Clubs through the BGCA Mission Youth Outreach program and have
the Community Services Command fund the enrollment fee. The CSC POC
for this partnership actively searches for Coast Guard members who
grew up in a BGCA club and continue to give back to the community.

3. RADM Brown will be inducted into the BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame as
part of the annual National BGCA Conference on 05 May 2022 at the
Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. He will join more than 170 other
former Boys and Girls Club members who have been recognized as
leaders in their fields, including Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez,
Edward James Olmos, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, baseball great Joe
Morgan, and General Wesley Clark. He also joins two other retired
Coast Guard members that have been previously inducted into this
distinguished HOF: Captain Daniel Travers and Captain Robert Smith.

4. RADM Brown retired from the Coast Guard in 2005 after 33 years of
distinguished service. A native of St. Petersburg, FL, he joined the
Coast Guard in 1968 and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy as an
ensign with a marine engineering degree in 1972. He became the first
black Coast Guard flag officer when he was promoted to Rear Admiral
in July 1998. During his career, he commanded Coast Guard forces in
the Pacific Northwest as the Coast Guardís 13th district commander
from June 2000 to July 2003. As the Coast Guardís chief engineer, he
was responsible for naval, civil, and aeronautical engineering and
logistics that included 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats
and 200 aircraft. He also served as an assistant engineer officer on
the Coast Guard Icebreaker Burton Island in Long Beach, Ca., as
engineering officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis in Honolulu, and
as executive officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Rush, in San
Francisco; as the military assistant to the Secretary of
Transportation in Washington, and as the commander of Maintenance and
Logistics Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Va.

5. RADM Brown leveraged his BGCA experience to develop a life-long
passion for learning and a successful Coast Guard career. He holds
four masterís degrees, including a masterís degree in Naval
Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Industrial and Operations
Engineering from the University of Michigan; a masterís degree in
Business Administration from RPI, and a masters in National Security
and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His military awards
include three Legion of Merit medals, two Meritorious Service medals
and the Secretaryís Award for Meritorious Achievement. He also
completed Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Governmental Programs
for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

6. He credits a great deal of his success in life to his early
experience with the BGCA organization in St. Petersburg, FL. He
recalls meeting in the church parking lot where they would allow the
group to use the church if they needed a place to come in out of the
rain. This is where his strong worth ethic and ability to establish
priorities began. The group leader established a routine with all the
youth which required getting your homework completed prior to being
able participate in activities such as basketball. That group leader
was a local Police officer, and his leadership made a lasting
impression RADM Brown. Many of the qualities learned in those years
remain with him until this day and he credits his participation at
the BGCA club with supporting his development and growth as a young

7. RADM Brown exemplifies that positive direction and hard work can
lead to success. He continues to be an advocate for todayís youth as
he has participated as a Board Member for the BGCA of Greater Seattle
and for Letís Go Boys and Girls, Inc. from Annapolis, MD.

8. The CSC point of contact for BGCA programming and questions is
Matt Perciak at 757-842-4903 or 

9. RDML S. N. Gilreath, Commander, Personnel Service Center, sends.

Note 5/21/2021 - Here are a few photos that I took. D5 Public Affairs shot the Video and will make it available once edited and cleaned up. ISC photographer will post more photos to their Facebook page.
    Tom Yearout 

Erroll M. Brown
St Petersburg, Florida



            Erroll & Tom Yearout