Stater Bros. chief honored for patriotism

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. chairman and CEO Jack Brown has joined the likes of Bob Hope, Will Rogers and Ronald Reagan as a recipient of the prestigious Patriot Award, the company announced.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society presented Brown with the award on Feb. 26 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where 45 Medal of Honor recipients and other notable guests were gathered, the company reported.

Brown served in the U.S. Navy with the Pacific Fleet aboard the U.S.S. Interceptor and the U.S.S. General J.C. Breckinridge. Following his honorable discharge in 1962, he quickly rose through the ranks of the supermarket industry and has been at the helm of Stater Bros. Supermarkets for more than 30 years.