Captain Richard D. Brawley
Maritime Operation Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Captain Richard D. Brawley is a native of Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and from the Naval War College in 2003 with a Master in Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Captain Brawley has served on numerous ships to include tours as Ordnance Officer aboard USS Virginia (CGN-38), Navigator aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58), Operations Officer aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61), Combat Systems Officer aboard USS Normandy (CG 60) and assistant Surface Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group Twelve (CCSG 12). While assigned to CCSG 12, Brawley completed the last two deployments of USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
Ashore, Brawley has served as a Division Officer Instructor at Surface Warfare Officer School, Division head at Surface Warfare Development Group and as an Emergency Action Officer/Assistant Deputy Director for Operations at the Joint Staff.
Captain Brawley has commanded the USS Patriot (MCM 7), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and Destroyer Squadron Two Eight.
Brawley’s military awards and decorations include the Legion Of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.