MSgt. Tara Brown was born in July 1977 and graduated from Deltona High School in 1995. She enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program in August 1995 and reported to Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Tx., in February 1996.

Upon completion of basic training and technical training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., she was assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, where she began working in the administrative career field.

Numerous overseas assignments followed along with several deployments. She was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Office of Special Investigation in November 2006. She also served in the Directorate of Operations and in the Global Watch before being assigned to her current position on June 1, 2010.

While assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Brown deployed to Detachment 2413, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. In January 2011, Brown deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Communication Squadron Advisor for NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan.

In this role, she served as an international trainer on the basic fundamentals of desktop computers and computer networking to Afghan Air Force technicians. Brown was fatally wounded in the line of duty during an attack on April 27, 2011. She leaves to mourn her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Ernest Brown; father, Jim Jacobs; mother, Gladys Vereen; one sister; four brothers; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law; a host of other relatives and friends.