Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
Major General Mark Brown is the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force personnel. It includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University, and operates 1,396 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 12 bases, and five geographically separated groups. The command trains more than 293,000 Airmen per year with approximately 62,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.
General Brown was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, and entered active duty in 1986. He has served in comptroller, command and staff positions at all levels of the Department of Defense, including two staff assignments working directly with the legislative branch of government. His global experience includes serving in the Philippines, Spain, England, Turkey and Iraq. He has commanded four times consisting of two squadrons, a mission support group, and a numbered Air Force, deployed in support of Operation Provide Comfort, served as the Assistant Executive Officer for the 17th Air Force Chief of Staff, and was the Financial Management and Comptroller Director for Air Force Materiel Command, responsible for 38 percent of the Air Force budget. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of Second Air Force, responsible for all Basic Military Training and 83 percent of the Air Force’s initial skills and advanced technical training.