Corey was born in the small town of Quitman in South Georgia to James and Irene Brown. Corey enlisted in the Navy, following high school, and reported to Naval Training Command in Orlando, FL, for Basic Training on April 1, 1987, with follow-on training as an Electrician’s Mate in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. Following basic training he attended Naval Nuclear Power Electricians Mate “A” School; upon graduation, he matriculated through Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS). During his time at NNPS, he applied for and was accepted to the Navy’s Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program in San Diego, CA.
After graduating BOOST, he attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Corey currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Florida State University, a master’s degree in Strategic Operational Leadership and Planning from the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) for Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. During his time in the Navy, he served onboard both new construction and operational fast attack and ballistic missile submarines in Groton, CT; Norfolk, VA; and Kings Bay, GA, holding positions as Electrical Assistant (EA), Reactor Controls Assistant (RCA), Damage Control Assistant (DCA), and Communications Officer (COMMO). His department head tour was as the Navigation/Operations (NAV) Officer onboard USS MAINE (SSBN 741 BLUE), deploying immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Corey’s final submarine tour was as the Executive Officer onboard Submarine NR-1, the Navy’s only nuclear-powered submersible, involved in search and recovery efforts of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Titanic, and other nationally strategic assets lost at sea. As the Executive Officer, he led the crew during the nuclear defueling and deactivation of NR-1 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Some of his shore duty assignments included the Port Operations/Force Protection Officer at SUBASE Kings Bay for Submarine Group 10; the Chief Staff Officer for Submarine Squadrons 16 and 20; and the Director of the Officer Department at Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.
Corey’s final military tour was as the Submarine/Naval Special Operations Officer at United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). Commander Brown planned, briefed, and coordinated submerged and SEAL team operations for Generals Petraeus and Mattis in USCENTCOM’s Area of Responsibility (AOR), during critical operations, like the rescue of the captain of Maersk Alabama; the search and capture of Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl; and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
At the end of his USCENTCOM tour, Commander Brown retired from the Navy with 24 years of honorable service in October 2012. Since retiring Corey has held a position as the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, GA; served as an associate minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, GA; and is Founder/Executive Director of BRIDGE Interfaith Alliance in North Georgia.