By Lt.j.g. Wil Wilkinson
Cmdr. G. Shon Brown assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 from Cmdr. Bradford P. Crain on March 16 during a change of command held at the squadron.
Crain assumed command of the HSM-48 Vipers in November 2016. During his tenure as commanding officer, HSM-48 stood up four fully mission capable detachments. The squadron's hard work was rewarded with 2016 Battle 'E', 2017 Retention Excellence Award, 2017 Blue "M" Readiness Award, and the 2017 Safety "S" Award.
Crain, a native of Windham, Maine, enlisted in the Navy in January of 1991 as a Nuclear Power Electrician's Mate. He was selected for the ROTC program, attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the Navy.  His career has included operational tours with HLS-46, USS Tarawa, HSL-45 and HSM-75. He has served ashore as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor at HSL-41 and with NATO Joint Force Command Headquarters Naples, Italy as an Operations, Plans and Policy writer and Executive Assistant supporting Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) J3 and the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) Operations.  Crain's next assignment will be serving with CCSG-2 in USS George H.W. Bish (CVN-77) at Norfolk, Va.
Brown is a native of Sanford, Florida and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1988. He served in a number of commands, primarily in aviation. His last enlisted assignment was in Fighter Attack Squadron 81 at NAS Cecil Field. He was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2000.  His career has included operational tours with HSL-42, Multi-National Force Iraq Strategic Effects, and HSM-70, including time as both Squadron Maintenance and Squadron Operations Officer at HSM-70. He has served ashore as a Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee as the Ratings Assignment Officer, as well as United States Special Operations Command (US SOCOM). While at US SOCOM he was the Operator Interface Team Lead for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) intiative. CDR Brown has been the Executive Officer of HSM-48 since November 2016.
Cmdr. John Randazzo, previously assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region, will take over as Viper Executive Officer.