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AIR FORCE BRIG. GENERAL STAN BROWN Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Brown, a long-time Riverside, CA civic leader and former March Air Force Base commander, died November 10, 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 87. Born in Champagne, IL Dec. 25, 1928, General Brown was the son of a highly decorated police officer and the daughter of Sicilian immigrants. General Brown left the University of Illinois and a promising collegiate baseball career to enlist in the newly formed Air Force in 1950 and quickly rose through the enlisted ranks. General Brown applied for and was accepted as an officer in 1953, was accepted for pilot training and became a member of the first class of jet pilots. As the Cold War began the need for reconnaissance pilots intensified, and General Brown began flying classified reconnaissance missions from bases in Japan. During his Air Force career_General Brown had numerous assignments around the globe. He accumulated thousands of hours of flight time, both combat and non-combat, having been qualified in 15 first line Air Force aircraft. His staff assignments included tours of duty at U.S. Alr Force Headquarters in Europe, Strategic Air Command Headquarters, and Headquarters USAF at the Pentagon. His final assignment before retiring was as the Commander of the Defense Nuclear Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. where he had oversight responsibility of the nation's nuclear arsenal. From one stripe to one star, Gen Brown worked for and with many of the leaders who shaped the United States Air Force from its fledgling beginning to its rise as the world's greatest Air Force. Among his many military awards and decorations, General Brown received the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. He retired in 1983 with 33 years of experience, thousands of hours of flight time and having served with many of the Air Force's pioneers and legendary airmen. After the Air Force, Gen Brown became a leader in the aerospace industry as an executive at Northrop Corporation where he played a major role in the acquisition of the B-2 Stealth bomber, and later as a partner and chief executive officer of an aerospace firm he helped build. He and his wife, Beverly, made their home in Riverside, CA and for the next 30 years he began a new phase of his life as a civic leader. While still in uniform at March AFB, General Brown was involved in choosing the site for the future Riverside National Cemetery. After his AF retirement, the cemetery became a priority for the General who helped plan for the National Medal of Honor Memorial, and its dedication by the National Medal of Honor Society in 1999. He chaired the Monuments and Memorials Committee that planned additional memorials for the cemetery and he also advised the Veterans Administration as a member of the National Monuments and Memorial Committee. General Brown served eight years on the Riverside Planning Commission, working on many projects that improved the city's downtown area and streets and consulted with the March Joint Powers Authority as it planned new development of surplus March AFB land. He also had served on the board of the General LeMay Foundation that aides military families. In 2014 General Brown was named Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce's Citizen of the Year. General Brown is survived by his brother, Tom; three sons: Stan, Bradley, and Gilbert; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside CA 92518 using assembly area #9 at 2:00p.m. December 1, 2016 Donations to the Riverside National Cemetery Beautification Fund in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated. PRESTON AND SIMONS MORTUARY, Funeral Directors 951-683-7410
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 27, 2016
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