April 7, 2021: Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael A. Brookes will be assigned as Director, J2, U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Florida. Rear Adm. Brookes is currently serving as director of Intelligence, J2, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Rear Adm. Mike Brookes is a 1987 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Brookes attended Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and was commissioned in March 1989. Rear Adm. Brookes’ operational tours include Imagery Intelligence Officer for the Checkmates of Fighter Squadron (VF) 211 embarked aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68); Assistant Intelligence Officer (N21) for Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV-64); Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (N2) for Carrier Strike Group 7, embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); Deputy Director of Intelligence (DJ2) for Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as Director of Intelligence (J2) for a joint special operations task force; and Information Warfare Commander for Carrier Strike Group One, embarked aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal among other personal, campaign, unit, and service awards.