Chris Browne is Deputy Director of the National Air and Space Museum. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Browne received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, graduating with a B.A. in History in 1980. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Following college, he joined the US Navy and served as a Naval Flight Officer, flying F-14 Tomcats off of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, making numerous deployments to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and Caribbean during seven years of active service. Browne amassed over 1400 flight hours and more than 300 carrier landings and is a graduate of the United States Navy's "Top Gun" Fighter Weapon School. In 1988 Browne joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Authority) where he served in Operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) until being selected as the Airport Manager in 1998. Browne managed DCA for seven years; a period that included significant construction and the events of Y2K and 9-11. In 2005, Browne was selected as the Airport Manager at Washington Dulles International Airport (lAD), where he led the airport through a pronounced phase of significant growth and development. In addition to managing a staff of over 500 employees, he was responsible for an aviation revenue stream exceeding $400M, as well as the revenues generated on the Dulles Toll Road used to construct the Metro Rail line to lAD. Browne was awarded the Virginia "Airport Manager of the Year" in 2002 and served as the President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Browne previously served on the Board of the Special Olympics of Virginia and currently serves on the Space Foundation and Aeroclub of Washington Boards. He is married with two grown children.
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