In his final assignment, Rear Adm. (ret) Brian G. Brannman became the 14th Director of the Navy Medical Service Corps in January 2004. Rear Adm. Brannman is a native of National City, Calif. Following graduation from high school in Manhattan, Mont., he enlisted in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. He earned his undergraduate degree in Health Services Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. In 1979, following completion of a graduate degree in Management from Webster College, he received a direct appointment into the Medical Service Corps.
During his first commissioned assignment at Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif., Rear Adm. Brannman served as Military Personnel Officer, Administrative Assistant to the Director for Administration, and Chief of Outpatient Administration. In May 1982, he reported to USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), where he served as Medical Department Head. During the assignment, Rear Adm. Brannman achieved qualifications as a Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer.
Rear Adm. Brannman attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., from June 1984 to December 1985 where he earned a Master of Science in Administrative Science (Financial Management). He subsequently was assigned to the Naval Medical Command where he served in the Fiscal Systems Division (MEDCOM-13) and later in the Budget Division (MEDCOM-11). In June 1988, he joined the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Resource Readiness Appraisal Division (OP-81), as an Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Medical Blue Ribbon Panel. Following completion of the Blue Ribbon Panel in September 1988, he reported as the Medical Program Analyst in the General Planning and Programming Division (OP-80) where he served until June 1990.
In July 1990, he reported to the Naval Hospital Long Beach, Calif., where he served as Director for Administration. Returning to the Navy Department in July 1992, Rear Adm. Brannman was assigned as Deputy Budget Officer at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. In June 1994, he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was the Director of Programs, on the staff of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Budgets and Programs). Beginning in July 1996, Rear Adm. Brannman served as Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., and concurrently as Commanding Officer, Fleet Hospital, Five. He deployed with Fleet Hospital Five to Haiti from February to August 1997 in support of Operation Restore Democracy/Exercise Fairwinds. In 1998 he assumed command of U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. Before serving as the Director, Navy Medical Service Corps, Rear Adm. Brannman was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy Division (N931).
Rear Adm. Brannman’s awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and various service and unit awards.