A native of McPherson, KS, Captain Brown is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 2006. Captain Brown completed the Basic Qualification Course and Supply Officer Department Head Course at Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA in 1998.
His afloat tours include Supply Officer, Mine Countermeasures Rotational Crew Delta embarked in USS Warrior (MCM 10) and USS Dextrous (MCM 13); Material Officer, Aviation Support Officer and 3M Officer in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); Supply Officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). During those tours he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.
Ashore tours include a dual Naval Acquisition Contracting Officer and Business, Financial Management Internship at Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters in Patuxent River, Maryland in both the Air Traffic Control and Combat Identification Systems (PMA-213) and Multi-Mission Helicopter (PMA-299) Program Offices; Director of Fixed-Wing Contracts, Fleet Readiness Center Officer and Organic and Interservice Repair Division Head at Naval Inventory Control Point Philadelphia; Section Head, Program Objectives Memorandum (POM) Development Mechanic/Working Capital Fund (OPNAV N80 – The Bullpen) on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.; Defense Resource Manager in the Programming and Budget Analysis Division – Contingency Operations Branch (J8) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy Force Supply Officer (N41) Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Comptroller (N8), Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapons Systems Support.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other campaign and unit awards. He is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Officer and Surface Warfare Officer and is a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional Community and a Joint Qualified Officer.
Lieutenant Commander Joseph Smutz reported for duty as Executive Officer for NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego in April 2021.
A native of Marriottsville, Maryland, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
His operational assignments include serving as Supply Officer on board USS Cole (DDG 67), and Disbursing, Sales and Food Service Officer on board USS Ponce (LPD 15). Ashore, his assignments include Future Plans/FLC Engagement Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command, Future Readiness/Configuration Officer, Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic and Instructor of Economics, United States Naval Academy.
Lieutenant Commander Smutz is designated as a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer and is a recipient of the 2015 Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign commendations.
Mr. Andrew L. Benson became NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego’s executive director in August 2019 and is responsible for providing professional and technical advice to the commanding officer on operational matters and the development of policies affecting the command's mission.
Mr. Benson is a native of Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), and Cambridge University, England (MA), he earned his Navy commission through Officer Candidate School. Following completion of Naval Surface Warfare School, he served as Auxiliaries Officer and as Combat Information Officer aboard the amphibious ship USS EL PASO (LKA 117). From 1985-1987, he was assigned as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1987, he transferred to the Navy Supply Corps, subsequently serving on four ships: USS BRADLEY (FF-1041), in San Diego, and USS FIFE (DD 991), in Yokosuka, Japan. From 1994-1996, he served as Assistant Supply Officer aboard USS PELELIU (LHA-5), San Diego, and from 1998-2000, as Supply Officer of USS BRIDGE (AOE-10), based in Bremerton, Washington. Ashore, he served at Navy Supply Center, Jacksonville, Fla. from 1990-1991, following which, he served as Speechwriter to the Chief of Naval Operations. From 1996-1998, he served as Director, Configuration, Allowance and Platform Management Division, Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., followed by two years as branch chief in the Fleet Logistics Operations Directorate, Naval Supply Systems Command.
Following his selection to Captain in 2001, he was assigned as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, and subsequently, in 2002, to the Joint Staff, where he served as Chief, Sustainment and International Logistics Branch, and as Chief, Capabilities and Strategy Division. In June 2005, he took command of U. S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan. Following three years in command, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (Code N41), Commander Naval Surface Forces, Coronado, CA. He retired from the Navy on 1 November 2011 and served as Executive Director for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka from 2014-2019.
Entering the private sector, he led and established in 2012, Supreme Global Services, Asia LLP - a branch office of the Supreme Group in Singapore, a total global logistics provider.
Andrew Benson's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and Naval Aviation Supply Officer. He is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business's Executive Program in Strategy and Organization, and the Advanced Management Program at Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill.
Master Chief Stanford is from LaGrange, North Carolina. He joined the Navy directly after graduating high school and reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in September 1990.
Master Chief Stanford’s initial tour was in USNS MISSISSINEWA (TAO-144), where he was assigned as Signalman of the Watch. Upon completion of his tour Master Chief Stanford reported to USS ANZIO (CG-68) in 1992 and was designated as a Plank Owner. He then reported to USS ARCTIC (AOE-8) in 1995 as a Plank Owner and Signalman watch supervisor. His next tour of duty was at Port Operations, Norfolk, VA serving as a dispatcher. His next tour of duty was onboard the USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81) from 2000-2004 as Leading Petty Officer and again a Plank Owner. He then converted to Navy Career Counselor upon the disestablishment of the Signalman Rating in 2004. His first Career Counselor tour was at Navy Telecommunications Station Far East, Yokosuka, Japan. Upon completion he served in Carrier Air Wing Five Atsugi, Japan in 2008. He then reported to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group located in Norfolk, Va. While serving as Group ISIC he volunteered for an Individual Augmentation billet in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 9 months leading the charge as the Battalion Career Counselor in 2012. He then returned from a safely executed IA and transferred to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in 2013-2015 as the Administration Department LCPO. He then converted to CMDCM in October 2015 where he reported to Coastal Riverine Squadron THREE (CRS-3) in 2016-2018 as his first CMC tour. Deploying to 5th, 6th and 7th fleer AOR’s. Upon completion his next tour took him to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Four One (HSM-41) in North Island from 2018-2021. Upon a successful tour with the Seahawks, he transferred to Fleet Logistics Command, San Diego where he is currently serving as the CMDCM.
Master Chief Stanford is a graduate of the U. S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 136, Gray) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the boat course (Class 150) in Newport, RI.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (6), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (4), Good Conduct Medals (7), and numerous campaign and unit awards. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Management and Technology.