Brian Gawne Biography

Vice President of Community Affairs
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Brian Gawne, CAPT, USN (retired) joined Fisher House Foundation in 2010 after 28 years of naval service. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, holds a masters degree from the Naval War College, and has logged over 3500 flight hours in fighter aircraft as a Naval Flight Officer.

Brian’s last active duty assignment was as the Professor of Naval Science at The George Washington University. In addition to supervising the preparation of midshipmen and officer candidates for commissioning as Navy and Marine Corps officers, he served as the national curriculum coordinator for the Navy’s NROTC Leadership and Ethics syllabus. He also served on the scholarship selection board for the Navy’s NROTC program.

A combat veteran of six fleet tours in fighter aircraft, he served as Commanding Officer of the Navy’s first F-18F Super Hornet squadron. His staff experience includes consecutive tours in the Pentagon as a budget analyst and executive assistant in the Navy’s Programming Directorate (OPNAV N80), and division chief for the Director Navy Staff. He also served two years in Stavanger, Norway as a strategic plans officer assigned to NATO’s HQ North.

Brian and his wife Jan currently reside in Burke, Virginia. Jan is a former critical care resource nurse and a volunteer at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. Their daughter Madeleine is a registered nurse at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, their son Ryan is an active duty Navy helicopter pilot, and their daughter Kelly is attending college.