Alabama CBRN brigade welcomes new commander

Brig. Gen. David R. Brown was welcomed as the new brigade commander of the Alabama National Guard's 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade from Northport, Ala., in a ceremony on Saturday.
The ceremony was held at Capitol Park off 28th Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. Brown took over the reins from Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gailes, Jr., who had been in the post since January 2009. Brown was the Deputy Commissioner of the brigade from June 2009 to December. Brown most recently held the position of assistant adjunct general for the Joint Force Headquarters in Montgomery, Ala.
Brown was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1986 through the Alabama Military Academy Officer Candidate School in Fort McClellan, Ala., after graduating from Auburn University. Brown has served in multiple capacities with the Alabama National Guard since his commission. He deployed in 2006, shortly after graduating from the United States War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and returned there to serve two years of active duty after his deployment.
On January 5, Brown was promoted to brigadier general. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), and Army Achievement Medal (with three Bronze Leaf Clusters).