Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon, Navy Recruiting District Dallas


IRVING, Texas - Members of the Navy’s Career Recruiting Force (CRF) are expected to embody the values and attributes of commitment, initiative, and toughness as they operate almost independently in recruiting stations across the country. For Navy Counselors serving in this field, the ability to demonstrate effective leadership capabilities is a crucial element to success. One member of the CRF community currently assigned to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Dallas is taking the responsibility of leadership to a higher level.


Navy Counselor First Class Natalie Brown is defining success in her current role as Divisional Leading Petty Officer (DLPO) of Division One located in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Navy Counselor First Class can typically expect to lead a single recruiting station while a Division typically encompasses three to four stations.


In her role as DLPO, Petty Officer Brown is responsible for the training, development, and supervision of assigned recruiting personnel and Delayed Entry Program (DEP) personnel across four recruiting stations. This position is usually reserved for Chief Navy Career Counselors and higher. NC1 Brown not only leads her division, she excels at maintaining effective recruiting standards that have made a positive impact as a shining example throughout the District.


When first assigned to NRD Dallas, Brown was placed in the Leading Petty Officer role of Navy Recruiting Station Tulsa South. Under her leadership one recruiter was meritoriously advanced in paygrade and her recruiting station’s performance was recognized as Medium Recruiting Station of the Year for NRD Dallas.


As Brown’s responsibilities grew to leading an entire division, the success and awards kept coming. Her division was named the district’s Division of the Year for 2018 and 2019, and has earned recognition as Division of the Month and Quarter numerous times in 2020.


According to Brown, her faith and a focus on remaining humble is the key to her success in the Navy and the world of recruiting.


“My faith and family are number one in my life,” said Brown. “With a deep sense of faith, I’ve come to realize that I’m driven to succeed, and it’s that drive that works to develop my team and its successes. I work to control what I can, stay humble, and lead from the front.”


Although Brown has enjoyed many successes in her current leadership role, she notes the job to be challenging at times, especially when it comes to leading Sailors in her own paygrade and higher.


“It’s always a challenge to lead your peers,” said Brown. “For me it’s all about respect. I give the respect they deserve as Sailors, and from that grows the amount of respect given to me. Part of the respect comes from not being afraid to tell your sailors what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.”


Brown’s leadership style, coupled with her drive for achievement is a proven recipe for results-based success in the Navy Recruiting field, but she says the greatest amount of job satisfaction comes from watching the Sailors under her care succeed.


“We’re all about walking the walk and talking the talk in my division,” said Brown. “We work hard for our results, and at the end of the day, the best part of my job is to see the smile on my Sailors’ faces when they accomplish their goals.”


According to Master Chief Navy Counselor Ryan Monahan, chief recruiter of Navy Recruiting District Dallas, Brown is a model Sailor and a member of the CRF that provides an excellent example of the skills and abilities that represent the community.


“Petty Officer Brown absolutely embodies the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment,” said Monahan. “She also embodies the attributes needed of a member of the Career Recruiting Force. As Divisional Leading Petty Officer, she not only completes the mission, but she sets the standard for how a division should be led.”


Noting the significant percentage of overall mission NRD Dallas is expected to maintain in support of national recruiting efforts, Monahan continued to reflect on how Brown’s efforts at a divisional level not only make positive and dramatic impacts on the district, but also the nation.


“Our district consistently contributes a significant portion of the overall national recruiting goal,” said Monahan. “Division 1, led by Petty Officer Brown is a consistent contributor to the overall district goal. If Tulsa struggles with mission attainment, so does Dallas, and subsequently it has an effect on the overall national goal. The district and nation greatly benefit from her leadership.”
Brown, a native of Chester, South Carolina, enlisted in the Navy in 2000, and after completing Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois, she was assigned to the USS Wasp (LHD 1).  Serving in the Ship’s Serviceman rating, Brown simultaneously earned her surface and aviation warfare qualifications and was advanced to petty officer third class. Brown continued sea duty aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), and was advanced to petty officer second class under the Navy’s Selective Training and Re-enlistment (STAR) program.


Beginning her career in Navy Recruiting at Navy Recruiting District Nashville, Brown was assigned as a recruiter in Navy Recruiting Station Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She quickly advanced to leading the station as LPO and decided to convert to the Career Recruiting Force.


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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)