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Taps – Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV ’80

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LEXINGTON, Va., April 24, 2013 -- Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV ’80 and his wife, Susan Brown, died April 19, 2013, when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

Brown, a 32-year Air Force veteran, was a decorated bomber pilot and commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, based at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

A history major at VMI, Brown held a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. He flew the B-52 and the B-1 bombers, accruing more than 4,300 hours in the cockpit and flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

His decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross for his mission as the first B-1 pilot to penetrate Iraqi air space, four awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

A funeral service for the Browns will be held on Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 809 S. Henry St., Williamsburg, VA.