David L. Brewer
(born May 19, 1946) is a retired Vice Admiral
of the United States Navy
and former superintendent
of the Los Angeles Unified School District
. The 35-year veteran of the Navy commanded Military Sealift Command
from August 2001 until his retirement in March 2006, and served as Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training from 1999-2001.
As Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training, he is known for helping to develop the Navy College Program and negotiating contracts with 11 colleges, universities and community colleges to provide bachelor
and associate degree programs to more than 300,000 sailors. As Commander of Military Sealift Command, he is known for overseeing the massive Military Sealift Command (MSC) partnership with the private sector shipping contractors operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
which involved moving over of equipment to the Persian Gulf in less than four months. He is also known for leading the Military Sealift Command's disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
David was born to David L. Brewer, Jr., and Mildred S. Brewer in Farmville
, Prince Edward County, Virginia
. His naval career began in 1970 when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy by former Secretary of the Navy
, Senator John Chafee
. He was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
unit at an historically black university