Navy Commander Reginald C. "Redd" Brown, the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region's force health protection officer was given the traditional naval service farewell of 'Fair winds and following seas' during his retirement ceremony held at Fort Lesley J. McNair, April 2, 2014.

Brown started his career as the lowest ranking enlisted Sailor, Seaman Recruit, rising through the ranks and acquiring a BA and three master's degrees along the way. The auditorium used for the ceremony was packed with friends, family and fellow staff members.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington's commanding general, presided at the retirement, presenting numerous mementos and awards to Brown, his wife LaVerne and daughter Jessica. Brown's son Jeremy was unable to attend the ceremony.