Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 18, 2022

Marine Corps Forces Pacific Marine Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

By Staff Sgt. Brett Norman U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii -- The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii sponsored a Military Appreciation Month virtual ceremony in which U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Brown, an administrative specialist with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, was recognized along with members of each of the services, 6 May. Brown’s nomination came as a result of his contributions to the community through his volunteer work.

Brown, a native of Tacoma, Washington, joined the Marine Corps in 2018. “I needed a challenge in my life,” said Brown. “There were people who didn’t think I could do it and I wanted to prove them wrong.” Following training, Brown received orders to Installation Personnel Administration Center, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, for duty as an administration specialist. Two years later, he received orders to Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

Since joining in the Marine Corps, Brown has made volunteering in the community a priority of his. "I enjoy helping people," said Brown. "I feel that through volunteer work, you not only impact lives on a personal level, but you help make the world a better place." Through his volunteer work, Brown supported the missions of the Water4Life nonprofit and Marine Corps Community Services, working diligently to improve the quality of life for those in need or far from home.

In 2021, Brown also volunteered to be a Single Marine Program representative, a program intended to support single Marines and Sailors by designing and planning recreational activities and events and increasing community involvement.

The purpose of the virtual ceremony was to show appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions of past and present service members. Attendees included Hawaii’s governor, the Honorable David Y. Ige, and Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. "It`s an absolute honor," said Brown. "I don`t volunteer for the recognition; I do it because I want to, but to be recognized for something so important means the world to me."

Other recognitions Brown received over the last few years include the President`s Volunteer Service Award, an award presented in bronze, silver, gold, and lifetime achievement, recognizing the important roles of volunteers in America. Brown received a bronze award in 2020 for volunteering a total of 166 hours, and a gold award in 2021 for volunteering 306 hours. Additionally, Cpl. Brown was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal on 5 May, for volunteer service over a sustained period of time.

Brown states he will continue to volunteer in his local community, wherever that may be once he departs Hawaii. “It does not matter where you are,” said Brown. “It`s about giving back what you can, and you can do that anywhere.”
RT @USINDOPACOM_SEL: Today, I bid farewell to the amazing team at @INDOPACOM and Adm. Aquilino, but I leave the command in good hands with…
RT @StateDept: We are committed to building a diplomatic corps that represents America. As we mark #Pride Month, @StateDeptSpox shares some…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: @usairforce Airmen perform aerial refueling above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during a training sortie for Red…
RT @JIATFWest: Rear Adm. Charles Fosse meets with Charge d’Affaires Tony Greubel, @USEmbassySuva to discuss continuing initiatives that enh…
"Just sitting side by side, eating together, sharing good meals together, that makes us come closer together. It makes us feel like a family."

The U.S. Navy Korea and Republic of Korea Navy shared an early Thanksgiving Day lunch to honor the everlasting-trust that strengthens the #ROKUSAlliance.
Adm. Phil Davidson at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia. #HISF2019
Join us LIVE at the Halifax International Security Forum this Saturday! Adm. Davidson will participate in the Halifax Chat at 0915 AST.
"We must work together, across academia, industry, the government, and the military, and along with our allies and partners, to harness our collective expertise and creativity in overcoming the complicated problem sets that affect us all." - Adm. Davidson #FreeandOpenIndoPacific
"USINDOPACOM’s cyber strategy emphasizes backing the region’s joint and combined force with digital capabilities and effects and incorporating them into a resilient, secure, and interoperable network architecture to support All-Domain Operations." - Adm. Davidson #FreeandOpenIndoPacific
"To all our veterans who've worn the cloth of our nation, thank you for answering the call to serve a cause greater than self and for defending the democratic ideals of our Constitution." -Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley

Make sure to turn the sound on to hear his message to our veterans.

(U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) video by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)
"It's important that the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia & other friends & allies in the region remain unified. We have a common set of values, a common set of national security interests." #GenMilley 

More on the importance of a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific
United States Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein spent his early years in the U.S. Air Force Academy "fighting the institution". So, he left the academy. Goldfein decided that during his hiatus, he would ride a 10-speed bicycle across the country for one year. That experience ended up cementing the notion that this nation is worth defending.
It’s Happening.

Tiger TRIUMPH, the first ever tri-service exercise between the U.S. and India, has begun.
“Our veterans past, and the servicemen and women of today, have helped to preserve our freedom, promote peace and prosperity, and protect our liberties in the face of dangers like these since the founding of the republic.” - Commander U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson #Veterans #FreeandOpenIndoPacific
Commander @INDOPACOM Adm. Phil Davidson, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Noel Clement @TeamAFP meet to discuss and reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Philippines alliance. #FriendsPartnersAllies #FreeandOpenIndoPacific.
Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander U.S.Indo-Pacific Command, meets with Tarō Kōno, Japan’s Minister of Defense. 

The Admiral met with Kōno to discuss the #IroncladAlliance and to advance efforts to ensure a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific.
Gen. David L. Goldfein has a short message to our adversaries: 

We're here, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Like Us
Follow Us



U.S. INDOPACOM announces establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill
220630-N-BD629-1009 CAMP H.M. Smith, Hawaii (June 30, 2022) Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses members of the media during a press conference announcing the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill. JTF Red Hill, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii, will oversee the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, demonstrating DoD’s commitment to remove fuel as quickly as possible, in a safe and informed manner, and with full transparency to regulators, intergovernmental partners, and with the people of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith/Released)
July 1, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF Red Hill) on June 30.The Secretary of Defense directed the standup of JTF...

Rim of the Pacific 2022 Officially Begins
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 participants network at the Southern California opening ceremony. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Navy -- Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the...

Chief of Naval Operations, Japanese Chief of Staff Meet to Discuss Maritime Security
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai during an office call at the Pentagon, June 28. The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
June 30, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, D.C., for an office visit, June 28.The two leaders discussed...

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022
Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for joining us for this celebration of the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence. Independence Day in America is a day of red, white, and blue; a day of...

The U.S. Provides Immediate Assistance to Respond to Drought in Kiribati
US $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati
June 30, 2022 - SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across...