John J. Brown


Arlington County, VA Office of Emergency Management

Jack Brown is the Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management where he has been employed since 2006. He spent 29 years with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue Department, where he retired as Assistant Fire Chief of Operations in 2000. Brown then became the Assistant Chief for the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, where he led a team of firefighters to the Pentagon on 9/11 and served as the initial Planning Section Chief for the incident. He retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 33 years of combined Army and Coast Guard Reserve service. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007. Brown has a B.S. in Fire Science Administration from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School. He is a 1997 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program; a 2009 graduate of Leadership Arlington; and a 2011 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Brown is designated as a Certified Emergency Manager® by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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