Vice Adm. Braun is the daughter of a career naval aviator. Born in Pensacola, Fla., she is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and was commissioned in 1980. Designated a naval aviator in February 1981, her first assignment was to Training Squadron (VT) 31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, where she served as an instructor pilot in the T-44 aircraft.
In 1983, Braun was assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as a mission commander, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot in the EC-130Q aircraft. Subsequent squadron tours include Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 61, NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and VR-51, NAS Glenview, Ill. Staff assignments include naval intern on the Joint Staff (J3), aviation detailer at Navy Personnel Command, and chief of staff, CNO Operations and Plans supporting OPNAV N3/N5.
Braun served as commanding officer of VR-48, NAF Washington, D.C. During her tour, the squadron was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety Award. Subsequent command tours include: Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO); Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group 10 supporting the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Joint Task Force Katrina; and Tactical Support Center 0793 supporting Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Five.
Flag assignments include deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command; director, Total Force Management for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6), and deputy director, European Plans and Operations Center (ECJ-3), Stuttgart, Germany.
Braun became the chief of Navy Reserve on the staff of the chief of naval operations in Washington, D.C., August 13, 2012.
Braun has accumulated over 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft. Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).