Master Chief Jay Browne’s biography follows:
Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance)
JAY ROBERT BROWNE
UNITED STATES NAVY, Retired
Jay Robert Browne was born in Cleveland, Ohio in November 1949 and graduated from Mentor High School in July 1968. Following boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Electronic Technician “A” School also at Great Lakes.
Following his training at Great Lakes, SN Browne received additional training in Pensacola, Florida, on the AN/FRA-44/54 systems. His first two duty stations were NSGA Keflavik, Iceland and Wahiawa, Hawaii. Following reenlistment and Electronic Technician “B” School at Treasure Island, California, CTM1 Browne received orders to NSGA San Vito, Italy. Following his tour in NSGA San Vito, CTM1 Browne attended a second Maintenance School at Pensacola Florida, where he attended AN/FRD-10(A)/(V) training with following orders to Ramasun, Thailand. After Ramasun he was transferred to NSGA Misawa, Japan, and NSGA Edzell, Scotland. It was at NSGA Edzell that CTM1 Browne was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1978. Chief Browne returned to Pensacola for instructor duty at CTM “A” School. While at Pensacola, Chief Browne was selected to Senior Chief. Following his tour in Pensacola Senior Browne received order to Galeta Island, Panama and London, England, where he was selected to Master Chief. Master Chief Browne’s next assignment was at the National Cryptologic School (NCS) at Fort Meade, Maryland in 1989. While at Fort Meade, Master Chief had the honor to serve on the Chief Petty Officer Selection board for FY-1991. After his tour at the NCS, Master Chief Browne received orders at NSGA Kamiseya, Japan, where he served as the Command Master Chief and chief historian for Kamiseya. Master Chief Browne was the last Command Master Chief of NSGA Kamiseya before the command was decommissioned.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), plus others.
Following retirement in 1995, he earned a real estate salesman license from the State of Florida and sold homes for a builder. He joined the NCVA in 1994 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors. He is the Assistant CRYPTOLOG Editor, and Special Publications Editor.
Master Chief Browne married the former Doreen Margaret May Proctor of Inverbervie, Scotland in November 1980. They currently reside in Cantonment, Florida, a part of greater Pensacola.