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.
4 April 2021 at 14:58
Outstanding career Mater Chief, you definitely were stationed around the world, I retired as a CTRCM doing my last two years as the Master Chief over all training on Corry, and also live in Pensaola.
4 April 2021 at 16:33
Nice to see an old shipmate featured. Jay and I were briefly roommates in Misawa, a great roommate then and certainly an impressive career afterwards. Jay has done a lot to preserve and document our NSG history, especially with regard to preserving command newspapers, an important source of info for any historian.
5 April 2021 at 20:26
Impressive resume, Jay. Congrats on all of your achievements.
9 April 2021 at 22:01
An amazing career, and the epitome of a Master Chief Petty Officer. Jay reported aboard NTTC Corry Station shortly after I reported aboard (circa late1980) as Senior Instructor and Course Manager of CTM”A” School. Jay immediately took over a second-in-command, and I couldn’t have been luckier to have him work and support me through my tour of duty. The success of our mission was due in large part to Jay’s outstanding and unwavering support through some austere and trying times. Great to read this tribute. Brings back many pleasant memories. One of my favorite tours of duty. Remember the “Footprints,” Jay?
Bob Hanshaw (1965-1989)
26 May 2021 at 17:22
Master Chief Jay Browne was one helluva man who had a remarkable career in the CT Intel world and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He always was ready to assist in anyway he could to our having wonderful reunions to commemorate those 12 men we lost in the KamiSeya fire 🔥 of September 1965.
He was kind, considerate and always helped us in our several Pensacola Reunions over the years.
He will be definitely missed by all of us in the CT field.
May you Rest In Peace Mr Jay Browne. God Blessed him.
San Antonio, TX