Brown is new Joint Chiefs' C4 director

Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Brown

Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Brown yesterday became the first woman to direct command, control, communications and computers for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Brown, who previously served as director of command and control systems at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and as director of architectures and integration at the Northern Command, replaces Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Shea.

It is Brown's second stint with the Joint Chiefs. In August 2002, she was selected to serve as vice director of C4 for the Joint Staff. Two years ago, she deployed to Iraq with the Multinational Forces-Iraq.

Brown is a 1973 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where she earned a master's degree in communications systems management.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is an executive panel consisting of the highest-ranking officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, who advise the president, the secretary of Defense and the National Security Council on military matters.

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