Dr. Browning earned his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama and embarked on his history career, working as a park superintendent at the Battleship Texas. In 1989, he began work as a historian with the U.S. Coast Guard and two years later became the Coast Guard’s chief historian, retiring from government service in 2015. He is the author of six books and more than four dozen articles relating to the Coast Guard, the Civil War, and U.S. naval and maritime history.