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Jack Brown entered the United States Army as a private in November 1971 and retired in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel. His last assignment in the Army was as Chief of NATO War Plans for V Corps. He is credited by General John Abrams as having written the Covering Force Plan for US forces entering into Bosnia for Operation Joint Endeavor and helping to form the foundation of the Dayton Peace Accord. General B. B. Bell cited him as being one of the Army’s leading experts in peace-keeping operations at the time of his retirement in 1996.
After retiring from the Army, he served Taylor County, Florida as the Director of Human Resources and then County Manager. In January 2001, he was hired as the General Manager of RDS Manufacturing Company, a position that he left when recruited by Florida State University (FSU) as the Director of Administration and Development at the newly formed Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR). While serving as a faculty member at FSU, he was elected as a County Commissioner in Taylor County. In the summer of 2006, he announced that he would not seek a second term. In January 2007, he resigned from FSU and returned to serve Taylor County as the County Administrator until June 2014, at which time, he moved to Escambia County to assume the same position. He served as the County Administrator for four and a half years, retiring in February 2019 to care for his ailing wife.
He has served in a variety of leadership positions, including member and President-Elect of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Learning Systems Institute at FSU, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Association of Counties Trust, member of Governor Scott’s Transportation Task Force for Governance, Chairman of the Taylor County Board of County Commissioners, member Taylor County Tourist Development Council, member Taylor County Economic Development Council, member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Pensacola Community Economic Development Association, President of the Florida Association of Rural County Administrators, President of the Florida Association of County Managers, Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties Foundation. He currently is employed as the Associate Director of CivicCon Center and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of AMIKids Pensacola and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club.
Jack Brown graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Education as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned in the United States Army in 1978. He also is a graduate of the United States Army Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the United States Army Command and General Staff and has earned three Masters Degrees, including a Master's of Science in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, a Master’s in National Security and Strategy from the United States Naval Staff College, and a Master's of Military Arts in Theater Operations (Operational and Strategic Planning) from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).