She currently serves as Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force. She assumed her current assignment on August 13, 2012. She is the first female commander of the United States. Navy Reserve, and the first woman to lead any Reserve component of the United States. military.
Prior to her current assignment, Admiral Braun served as Deputy Director, European Plans and Operations Center, ECJ-3 United States European Command.
She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She was commissioned in 1980 and was designated a naval aviator in 1981.
Braun’s first assignment was to Training Squadron (Vermont) 31, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, where she served as an instructor pilot in the T-44 aircraft. She was then assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3, National Academy of Sciences, USA Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as a mission commander, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot in the European Commission-130Q aircraft and providing airborne communications to strategic forces.
Subsequent squadron tours include Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 61, National Academy of Sciences, USA Whidbey Island, Washington, and VR-51, National Academy of Sciences, USA Glenview, Illinois.
Braun was selected for aviation command and served as commanding officer of VR-48, NAF Washington, District of Columbia Her subsequent command tours included Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO), Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group 10 supporting the United States Ship Harry South. Truman (CVN-75) and Joint Task Force Katrina, and Tactical Support Center 0793 supporting Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Five. Staff assignments include naval intern on the Joint Staff (J3), Aviation Initial Assignments detailer at Navy Personnel Command, facilitator for the Naval Safety Center’s Culture Workshop Program and chief of staff, CNO Operations and Plans supporting chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N3/N5. Upon selection to flag rank, she reported to Navy Recruiting Command where she served as deputy commander and commander until 2009.
Subsequently, she was assigned as director, Total Force Management for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6).
Braun served as deputy director, European Plans and Operations Center (ECJ-3), United States European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Braun has accumulated over 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft.
In May 2012, she was nominated for the rank of Vice Admiral and Chief of Navy Reserve. On 13 August 2012, she relieved Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink.