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LIEUTENANT KATHERINE j. BROWN, USNR
LT Katherine j. Brown, the first woman officer at the
Vanderbilt NROTC Unit, is a native of Brooklyn, New York.
After obtaining a BA in International Realtions from the
University of Arizona and a MAT from Rockford College in
Illinois, LT Brown taught in the elementary and secondary
public schools of Illinois and Virginia. Desiring to return to her
original career plan of government service, she took the advice
of a friend and looked into the opportunities offered by the
Navy. LT Brown was commissioned from the OCS program in
june, 1972 and before coming to Vanderbilt served in several
instructional capacities at the Naval Aviation Schools
Command in Pensacola. She is married to john M. L. Brown of
Marion Kentucky, a l977 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School.
They are the parents of Anissa Marie Brown, who was born Ito
the especial delight of LT Brown's history classesj on I3 April
LT Brown is the 31C advisor, publication advisor and special
advisor forthe Unit's women midshipmen.
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LIEUTENANT jOHN L. FISHER jR USN
LT Fisher is a West Virginia native and proud ofit' Following
his enlistment in i966 he served aboard the USS SARATOGA
ICVA-6Oj, before coming to Vanderbilt under the NESEP
program, where he was graduated cum laude from the
Engineering School in 1972 Prior to Vanderbilt he served
aboard the USS RICHARD E BYRD IDDG 23j as gun boss,
First Lieutenant, and Main Propulsion Assistant His responsibil
ities at the Unit, in addition to looking after the freshman class,
include coaching the Unit basketball team and sewing as Unit
First Lieutenant. He is also engaged in acquiring a Masters
Degree in Engineering Management LT Fisher is married to the
former Merrilee Elliott and has two children ason john and a
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LIEUTENANT MANN A. SHOFFNER iii, usN
LT Shoffner was born in Newport, Arkansas. After graduating
from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a BS, he served
aboard the USS INTREPID iCVS-11j as a Deck Division
Officer until December of that year. ln from january, .1972
until August, he attended flight school and was then assigned
to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two CVO-Qj in Rota,
Spain where he served as an Electronic Warfare Evaluator and
LT Shoffner is now a 1!C instructor here at Vanderbilt and is
working on his Master's degree in Engineering Management. He
and his wife, Sandy, have two children, joey and Lori Ann.
LIEUTENANT IAMES L. CHARLES, USN
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l.ieuten,int Clharles, .i Detroit, Michigan native, is an alumnus
ot the NROTC program at Vanderbilt. He graduated in 1973
with a Political Science major and related work in Economics.
His first three years of a active duty were spent aboard the
USS VESOLE CDD 878j. From 1973 to 1975 he served as
Communications Officer and CMS Custodian but was best
known to the crew as Postal Officer iof coursej. ln 1975, he
assumed the duties of Navigator and 3M Coordinator,
LT Charles' activities at the Unit are varied: he is the junior
class advisor, Band advisor, and Recruiting Officer. His naval
philosophy: "When you are out of FRAMS you're out of
His wife, Melissa Gray Charles, is from Winchester, Tennessee.
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