Captain Brasseur is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He was the first commanding officer of LCS Crew 111, the Iron Warriors, and he commanded both the USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Forth Worth (LCS -3). He has over 20 years leadership experience in the U.S. Navy, including command of the USS Whirlwind (PC-11) at the age of 30 in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently serving in the Armament Cooperation Directorate at the U.S. Mission to NATO. The views presented here are his own, and not that of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Mission to NATO.