Commander Jacob Braun
Commander Jacob Braun graduated from the VirginiaTech in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management, and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit in Blacksburg.
Commander Braun’s initial sea tour was aboard USS DAVID R. RAY (DD 971) where he served as 1st and OI Division Officer from 2000-2002. While onboard he completed a counter drug deployment to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. After completing Nuclear Power School and Prototype he reported to his second sea tour aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) from 2003-2005. While serving as the Machinery 1 Division Officer he completed an extended dry-dock period, surge deployment to Southeast Asia, and passed the Prospective Nuclear Engineering Officers exam. As a Department Head he served as the Operations Officer on the USS BAINDBRIDGE (DDG 96) from 2008-2010, completing a deployment to 5th Fleet. While on deployment he participated in the rescue of Captain Phillips during the hijacking of MAERSK ALABAMA. His second Department Head tour was on the USS ANZIO (CG 68) as Operations Officer from 2010-2011. There he completed another 5th Fleet deployment participating in Multi National Counter Piracy efforts.
Ashore, Jacob was a NROTC Instructor at Virginia Tech from 2005-2007, teaching Navigation, Weapons, and Engineering. Following his Department Head tours he reported to Strike Force Training Atlantic (Now Carrier Strike Group 4) where he served in the Maritime Operations Office from 2011-2013. While at CSFTL he participated in the numerous certification events for deploying Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Readiness Groups, and Independent Deployers.
Commander Braun reported to USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) as Executive Officer in October 2014.
His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various individual and unit campaign awards.