A native of Bremerton, Washington, CAPT Brian Karosich graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998 from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Mathematics Endorsement). He received his commission through the University of Idaho/Washington State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps where he designated as a Surface Warfare Officer.
CAPT Karosich’s Surface Warfare Officer tours include: CG Division Officer and Fire Control Officer aboard USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50), Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS OGDEN (LPD 5), Admin Officer/Facilities Manager at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center and C4 Plans Officer (Individual Augmentation) at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While in Bahrain, CAPT Karosich laterally transferred into the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) Community.
CAPT Karosich earned his Master of Science in Applied Physics (Ordnance Engineering and Weapons Systems) from the Naval Postgraduate School in June 2006. His EDO tours include: Port Engineer/Project Officer at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, SWE/LCS Action Officer at Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Naval Reactors Representatives Office Assistant/SSGN Program Deputy Project Superintendent at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Officer in Charge of the Iraqi Navy Ship Repair Facility (Individual Augmentation), Deputy Commander of the Hawaii Regional Maintenance Center, Officer in Charge of the Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (Detachment Rota) and Assistant Chief of Staff (Maintenance and Engineering) at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
CAPT Karosich assumed command of Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center on 30 August, 2021, headquartered in Naples, Italy, with detachments in Rota, Spain and Manama, Bahrain.
CAPT Karosich’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other unit and campaign awards.