Manning Brown: A Life of Service

Manning Brown: A Life of Service

After 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Manning Brown is now serving in a different way in his first year as BBC&S' Director of Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from his education and service.Manning Brown

Manning grew up a "military brat" and knew from a young age he wanted to be in the military. His education and training in several different fields makes him a valuable asset.

Originally from Michigan, Manning and his wife, Jennifer, live in the Clarks Summit area. They have two sons: Connor, a college freshman, and Austin, a junior at Abington Heights High School

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Insight Questions

What led you to BBC&S?
It is totally a God-thing. In the summer of 2008, I was starting to think about retiring from the military. Long story short, I was put in contact with BBC&S in January 2009. It was at that point I started getting more information and BBC&S was getting more information about me. In January 2010, I came for an interview. I was offered a position in April, and on August 1 I started work.

What is your role?
I am the Director of Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness. With my HR hat, I am responsible for taking care of BBC&S' employees. Whether it is explaining benefits, hiring, establishing a policy, or whatever the need may be, I take very personally the responsibility to take care of this family. With my institutional effectiveness hat, I assist the faculty and staff in looking at situations and helping figure out what is best. It gives me the chance to work with a variety of folks from all the departments. I enjoy that part most.

What has your experience been like?
I love it. The people are tops, the work challenging, and above all, I feel this is where the Lord called us to be. This is not what I thought I would be doing after the Air Force, but being here now, I can't imagine doing anything else. It is inspiring to me to listen and talk with the students and see how real Christ is in their lives. To see them at such a young age with such a determined sense of purpose to answer the call is awesome.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
I received my B.A. in telecommunications from Michigan State University. My parents and siblings went there, so it just seemed natural to go there as well. I met my wife Jennifer at MSU - the best part of my undergraduate experience. I also have a M.Ed. from Penn State and a M.A. from Air University (the Air Force's college and graduate school).

Where are you originally from?
My dad was in the Air Force, so being a military brat I lived in a lot of different states and overseas, but Michigan has always been home. By the time I got to MSU as a freshman, I had moved seven times.

Why did you go into the military?
Since my dad was in the Air Force, I knew at a young age it was what I was going to do. I always loved airplanes and the excitement. The older I got, the feeling turned into a sense of duty and calling. Patriotism runs deep.

What was your experience in the military like?
I was commissioned into the Air Force through the Air Force ROTC program at Michigan State. I didn't have the eyesight to fly but knew I wanted to do something in operations. I started out as a missile launch officer for Minuteman III ICBMs. I did that for four years in North Dakota. It was as unique as it was challenging. I then became an Air Force Recruiting Service officer and later cross-trained to become a public affairs officer. It was as a public affairs officer I was trained in journalism, media relations, and community relations. It was a lot of fun. I held various positions, to include squadron commander, in recruiting, and public affairs for nearly 17 years. As a family we moved 10 times during my career. It was my family that made it so much fun because they saw each move as an adventure, and it was.

What did you enjoy most about serving in the Air Force?
The travel opportunities were phenomenal. My family and I were able to live all over the U.S., as well as twice in Europe. We were able to see and experience things that we would have otherwise not been able to do. I personally deployed once to Turkey and twice to Iraq. The perspective I got on things while there was incredible. It wasn't easy being away from my family, but I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.

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Posted on: 3/18/2011 10:40:04 AM

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