SUFFOLK, Va. (June 15, 2018) Vice Adm. Brian B. Brown relieved Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler as commander of Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) during a change of command ceremony at the Department of Defense complex, Suffolk, Virginia June 15.
Vice Adm. Brown graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of California San Diego and a Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
Admiral Brown was nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces in February by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis.
Brown’s most recent assignment was the director, Warfare Integration for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2/N6F), which he assumed in August 2017. Previously, he served as executive assistant to the oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N2/N6E).
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, as a naval intelligence officer. Kohler holds a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in computer science and from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in military history.
Vice Adm. Kohler was nominated for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and director of naval intelligence in January by Defense Secretary Mattis. He is expected to assume these duties June 29.
For more information about NAVIFOR, visit the command's website at http://www.public.navy.mil/fltfor/navifor/Pages/Default2.aspx, Navy News webpage at http://www.navy.mil/local/navifor or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavyInformationDominanceForces.