Day: Mon, 18 Nov2013

A Baker’s Dozen of Things You May Not Know About Me

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Keith Lionel Brown

I had a very rewarding military career. The picture above was taken at my final 4-year enlistment ceremony which took place in Keflavic, Iceland. During my career I received the following awards, medals, and recognitions:

Military Awards, Medals, and Other Recognitions:

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy Achievement Medal (3 Stars)
Navy Good Conduct Medal (Silver Star)
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 Stars)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Navy E Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Stars)
Navy and Marine Overseas Service Ribbon (3 Stars)

Ships that I served on during my Naval career:

USS Jouett CG-29 (now decommissioned)
USS Lake Champlain CG-57 (I had the honor of being a member of the commissioning crew)

Other notable military awards:

Distinguished Instructor Award

My favorite subject in school was math, although I must admit that I didn’t care much for geometry as I saw no real need for it. I did, however, love algebra and trigonometry. After graduating High School I took courses in Calculus and Number Theory. My Numbers Theory professor was an author of a book on the subject.

I thoroughly enjoy learning words and phrases in different foreign languages. In High School I took 1 year of Latin and 5 years of Spanish. I also tied for fifth place in a National Spanish Exam. After High School, I took two semesters of Hebrew and two semesters of Greek. I actually lived in Greece, in a little town called Nea Makri, for a year while serving in the United States Navy which afforded me the opportunity to use some of the Greek that I had learned. My goal is to become proficient in Spanish, and the next language that I want to learn is Russian as I would like to visit Russia someday.

I have always had a passion for writing. I enjoyed writing research papers in school, and I am now blessed to be a paid writer and to have some of the things that I have written translated into foreign languages. My goal is to write my life story and have it published. I also have a few ideas for a couple of other books that I would like to write.

I enjoy designing websites and blogs. I taught myself HTML basics from books that I purchased on the subject, and from what I learned from different internet sites.

I was only 22 years of age when I enlisted in the United States Navy. I served 20 years on active duty and 10 years Inactive Fleet Reserve Duty for a total of 30 years of military service. I was officially retired from the United States Armed Forces on 1 September 2010. I received many awards and medals during my time of service.

While serving in the Navy I was blessed to literally travel to and serve in many countries of the world to include Bahrain (UAE), Greece, and Iceland. My favorite countries to have visited are Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Iceland. I also hope to go back to St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii someday.

I graduated from Wicomico Senior High School in June 1976 (39 years ago). I graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Delaware in June 1979 with an A.A.S. Degree in Data Processing Technology. I finished all the requirements for graduation from Delaware Tech, two weeks ahead of schedule.

I also have the following degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing (graduated Magna Cum Laude), Master of Business Administration Accounting and Finance, and Master of Business Administration Management.

I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Reykjavík, Iceland on 10 March 1998.

In my short life I have been blessed to meet some influential people such as: Jimmy Osmond (I actually sang part of “Your Cheating Heart” with Jimmy in one of the Osmond Family Shows in Branson, Missouri and had my picture taken for the local newspaper), Merrill Osmond, David Osmond, Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Mr. George Virl Osmond Sr. and Mrs. Olive Davis Osmond – the parents of the world-famous Osmonds. I was actually a guest in their home in Branson, Missouri on several occasions. Mrs.Osmond and I emailed each other for a few years, and we spoke on the phone occasionally. She also published an article in her M.O.M. newsletter titled “Encouragement” which I wrote in 1998 while stationed in Keflavic, Iceland. I have also met the Osmond Second Generation, with the exception of Nathan and Doug, although I have spoken to Nathan via email and on the telephone. I met the Osmond Second Generation when they were still young boys performing in Branson, Missouri.

I have also met former President George Busch, Sr. (while I was stationed in Bahrain), William McDowell (the husband of Gladys Knight), some members of Gladys’ choir (Saints United Voices), and A.J. Croce (the son of the late Jim Croce of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” fame).

I love peanut butter and chocolate ice cream, snicker doodles, peanut butter pie, Hershey chocolates, German chocolate cake, and coconut custard pie. I do not like cold deserts. I like all of my deserts to be at room temperature at least, with the exception of ice cream of course.

I am a book-worm of sorts. I love visiting and spending hours in bookstores. A bookstore to me is like a kid in a candy shop. I have an ever-growing library of books on varied subjects at home.