Coast Guard Headquarters Building To Be Named The Manson Brown Building

New Coast Guard Headquarters, Almost Heaven, Will Be The Manson Brown Building.

 

The New Coast Guard Headquarters is Striking, Surprising, and Sustainable.

 

The new, state-of-the-art U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on the site of historic St. Elizabeths Hospital is a dream come true. The U S Coast Guard has finally found itself a home worthy of its own lofty opinion of itself. It is not Heaven, but it is as close as one could possibly hope to get in this world. The Building does not yet have a name worthy of the traditions of the United States Coast Guard. I submit that the building will be named the Manson Brown Building. That would be all together fitting and proper.

 

 

(Manson K. Brown is now the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Department of Commerce)

Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown, has been confirmed as the  Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Department of Commerce.

VADM Brown is responsible for providing policy direction for NOAA’s satellite, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecast programs.

VADM Brown retired from the Coast Guard in May as the highest-ranking Black officer in the service’s history.

 http://cgachasehall.blogspot.com/2014/07/manson-brown-appointed-assistant.html

As assistant secretary, Brown reports to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, who received Senate confirmation in March following a year long stint as both NOAA’s acting administrator and associate administrator for environmental observation and prediction.

 

VADM Brown is the one person most responsible for the Coast Guard being where it is. But for him the Coast Guard would still be at Buzzard Point.

With the exception of the Coast Guard Headquarters building that opened in 2013, most of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) site remains entirely undeveloped. The present estimated completion date of 2026 is being reconsidered with a view towards 2030, or later; and, possibly even never.

 Vice Admiral Manson Brown saved the Coast Guard and the brought about the relocation of Coast Guard Headquarters. This was his last major project in the years before he retired. Now, DHS, may wish their agency had a man like Manson K. Brown.

 In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the George W. Bush administration called for a new, centralized headquarters to strengthen the DHS’s ability to coordinate the fight against terrorism and respond to natural disasters. More than 50 historic buildings would be renovated and new ones erected on the grounds of St. Elizabeths, a onetime insane asylum with a panoramic view of the District.

ice Adm. Manson K. Brown, the deputy commandant for mission support, and Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Hooker tour the construction site of the newly constructed Coast Guard Headquarters here June 28, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo – See more at: http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/05/14/after-36-years-of-service-vadm-manson-k-brown-retires-from-active-duty/dcms/#sthash.XBrxWQcr.dpuf

Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, the deputy commandant for mission support, and Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Hooker tour the construction site of the newly constructed Coast Guard Headquarters here June 28, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo

– See more at: http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/05/14/after-36-years-of-service-vadm-manson-k-brown-retires-from-active-duty/#sthash.Q6SUNEzz.dpuf

The entire complex was to be finished as early as 2014, at a cost of less than $3 billion, according to the initial plan.

Instead, with the exception of a Coast Guard building that opened in 2013, the grounds remain entirely undeveloped, with the occasional deer grazing amid the vacant Gothic Revival-style structures. The budget has ballooned to $4.5 billion, with completion pushed back to 2026. Even now, as Obama administration officials make the best of their limited funding, they have started design work for a second building that congressional aides and others familiar with the project say may never open.

 http://cgacriticalthinkers.blogspot.com/2014/06/new-coast-guard-headquarters-almost.html

ice Adm. Manson K. Brown, the deputy commandant for mission support, and Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Hooker tour the construction site of the newly constructed Coast Guard Headquarters here June 28, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo – See more at: http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/05/14/after-36-years-of-service-vadm-manson-k-brown-retires-from-active-duty/dcms/#sthash.XBrxWQcr.dpuf

(Above VADM Manson K. Brown, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, and Master Chief Richard Hooker tour the construction site for the new Coast Guard Headquarters on June 28, 2012.)

(U. S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer  2nd Class Timothy Tamargo)

VADM Brown retired on May 14, 2014 as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support and Commander of Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington,DC. Perhaps if he could have been persuaded to stay around for a few more years he could have overseen the transition and move of the DHS Headquarters to the new site. But, they would probably have had to make him Commandant of the Coast Guard to do that.

Instead, on behalf of a grateful Nation, and the entire Coast Guard we wished him fair skies, favorable winds and following seas in his well deserved retirement.

And, so at the rate that Congress is approving funding for the project, even the revised completion date of 2026 is unrealistic, and some lawmakers are urging that plans for such an ambitious headquarters complex be scrapped.

 http://cgachasehall.blogspot.com/2014/05/manson-brown-saves-coast-guard-but.html

 Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown served as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support for the U.S. Coast Guard from 2012 to 2014. He served as Commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area in California from 2010 to 2012 and as Commander of Coast Guard District 14 in Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. Vice Admiral Brown’s previous tours of duty include Assistant Engineering Officer aboard the icebreaker “Glacier” and command of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Group Charleston. In 2006, he assumed command of the Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific of the Coast Guard, where he had previously served as Assistant Chief of the Civil Engineering Division. In 2004, he served as Senior Advisor for Transportation to Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2003, Vice Admiral Brown served as the Chief of Officer Personnel Management at the Coast Guard Personnel Command. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. He received a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

 

I was not always a fan of the Coast Guards moving to this location. But, after having gone to the building and having seen with my own eyes the wonderful new state of thearts facility, I have to admit that I may have been wrong.

http://cgacriticalthinkers.blogspot.com/2013/08/dhs-and-coast-guards-future-home-is.html

 

Lately, I have been having a recurring dream. It is a dream deep rooted in Coast Guard traditions and American history. It is a dream that the new Coast Guard Headquarters building will be named the Manson Brown Building. This has not yet become a reality, but I believe that it will. God in his infinite wisdom and the Fates have decided, and I am declaring it.When right minded people wake up and reasonable people come to their senses, they will realize the truth of my words. And they will demand that the new Coast Guard Headquarters Building be named the Manson Brown Building.

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