Navy's ocean transportation leader promoted to 3-Star admiral





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WASHINGTON D.C. (USTCNS) --- Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III, USN, became the U.S. Navy's newest three-star admiral when he was promoted Oct. 23, by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark at ceremonies on the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Vice Adm. Brewer is the commander of the Navy's Military Sealift Command, the command responsible for the Navy's 120 noncombatant ships operating worldwide.

Vice Adm. Brewer becomes one of only 32 officers that hold the Navy's second highest rank.

As commander, Vice Adm. Brewer has led the MSC support of the war against terrorism. MSC has been at the forefront of the U.S. response, delivering a variety of services and supplies to U.S. and allied forces around the world.

MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force ships are replenishing Navy ships at sea with fuel, food, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies enabling the ships and aircraft to operate at sea for extended periods without returning to port.

MSC's Special Mission ships are conducting routine undersea
surveillance and oceanographic missions while sister ships assist counter drug operations and monitor missile launches.

Prepositioning and sealift ships are standing ready to move enormous quantities of U.S. combat equipment to any theater of operation if called. More than 95 percent of all equipment and supplies for a war or contingency operation move by sea on ships controlled by Vice Adm. Brewer's command.

Vice Adm. Brewer began his Navy career as a member of the first graduating class of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at a historically African-American university, Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

Rear Adm. Brewer came to MSC from Pensacola, Fla., where he was the vice chief of Naval Education and Training. His initial tour as an admiral was as the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas/Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command Representative Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands/Federated States of Micronesia/Republic of Palau. That tour was followed by duty as Commander, Amphibious Group Three in San Diego, Calif., where he was promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half). He has served in a variety of afloat and shore positions throughout his 32-year Navy career.

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