Vice Admiral L. Brewer III, USN (Retired) served his country for over 35 years in the United States Navy. His distinguished naval career began in 1970 when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy by former Secretary of the Navy, the late Senator John Chafee. He was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit established by the U.S. Navy at Prairie View A&M University.
Vice Admiral Brewer served as the Commander, Military Sealift Command with a fleet of over 120 ships. During this tour, he executed the sealift logistics for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, delivering over 8 billion gallons of fuel and over 14 million square feet of combat cargo to U.S. and allied fighting forces. This logistics movement was the largest since World War ll.
At a later time in his career, Brewer was unanimously selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education to become superintendent of LAUSD. During his tenure, Brewer played a key role in enhancing the academic performance of students and reducing the dropout rate of LAUSD’s youth. Brewer was honored with numerous awards including the Telly Award for his television show Transforming Education with Superintendent Brewer. He continues his life’s work serving disadvantaged youth and people in poverty as President and CEO of the Brewer Leadership Group.