Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III
Vice Admiral David Brewer III is one of only 32 officers that hold the Navy's second highest rank. He began his distinguished naval career May 17, 1970, when he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy by former Secretary of the Navy, Senator John Chafee. Brewer was a member of the first graduating class of the Naval ROTC Unit at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, a historically black university.
Brewer, a 35-year veteran of the Navy commanded the Military Sealift Command from August 2001 until his retirement in March 2006, and served as Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training from 1999-2001. As Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training, he is known for helping to develop the Navy College Program and negotiating contracts with 11 colleges, universities and community colleges to provide bachelor and associate degree programs to more than 300,000 sailors.
David Brewer III was born to David L. Brewer, Jr., and Mildred S. Brewer in Farmville, Virginia. At age five, Brewer moved with his family from Farmville, Virginia to Florida, and he attended elementary and secondary schools in Orlando, Florida. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Prairie View A&M University where he also was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC). He later earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Vice Adm. Brewer began his Navy career as a member of the first graduating class of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at a historically African-American university, Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.
Early in his naval career, Vice Admiral Brewer demonstrated superior leadership skills and combat acumen. During his first ship command tour aboard the tank landing ship USS Bristol County (LST 1198), his crew won several awards, including the coveted Battle Efficiency "E" award as the most combat efficient ship in its class in the Pacific Fleet. He continued this trend of achievements during the command of his second ship, the Second Fleet Flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). Mount Whitney earned the Combat Systems Award and best ship in its class for Community Service in the Atlantic Fleet.
Vice Admiral Brewer's first assignment was as the Electronics Warfare Officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG 4). In his follow on tour with the Naval Recruiting District, Memphis, TN, he served as the Minority Recruiting Officer. He returned to sea to serve as the Combat Information Center Officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36).
In 1988, he was hand-selected by Admiral C.A.H. Trost, Chief of Naval Operations, as his Special Assistant for Equal Opportunity. In this capacity, he was the advisor to the Navy’s top leadership, and the CNO’s personal representative at equal opportunity forums nationwide.
As Commander of Military Sealift Command, he is known for overseeing the massive
Military Sealift Command (MSC) partnership with the private sector shipping
contractors operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom which involved
moving over 20 million square feet of equipment to the Persian Gulf in less than
four months. He is also known for leading the Military Sealift Command's
disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
David Brewer III is married to Richardene "Deanie" Brewer,
Ed.D. Dr. Brewer is a graduate of Hampton University where she majored in
English education. She also has a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and
instruction from San Diego State University. Deanie received her Ed.D. in
educational leadership from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Dr.
Brewer's teaching career has spanned more than 20 years and has taken her from
Virginia to San Diego and from England to Guam. She has taught at the middle
school, high school and collegiate levels, earning several teacher excellence
and academic awards.
Vice Admiral David Brewer's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal. Brewer heads The David and Mildred Brewer Foundation, a family foundation that provides scholarships for African American students. It is named in honor of his mother, a retired school teacher, and his late father, who taught at Brewer’s high school for more than 33 years.
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First Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker
Rear Admiral Barry C. Black
Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Corporal Buddie Branch Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III Rear Admiral Erroll M. Brown
Staff Sergeant Edward A. Carter, Jr. Brigadier General Roscoe C. Cartwright Rear Admiral Osie V. Combs
Four Star General Benjamin Davis Major General Arnold Fields Rear Admiral Lillian Fishburne First Lieutenant John R. Fox
Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely, Jr. Major General James F. Hamlet Harlem Hellfighters 4 Star General Daniel James Jr.
Private First Class Willy F. James, Jr. Corporal Harry Johns Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr.
Staff Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. Vice-Admiral Ed Moore Four Star General Lloyd W. Newton
Captain Joseph N. Peterson General Colin Powell Captain Ronald A. Radcliffe Admiral J. Paul Reason
Four Star General Edward A. Rice Jr. Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers Clifford Chester Sims Robert Smalls
Major General Clifford L. Stanley Tuskegee Airmen Lieutenant Colonel Merryl (David) Tengesdal
Captain Charles L. Thomas Private George Watson Major General Leo V. Williams, III Colonel Charles Young
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