A native of Falls Church, Virginia, Cmdr. Jacob Braun graduated from Virginia Tech in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management.
He most recently commanded USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) in Pearl Harbor, HI. While in command CHAFEE completed a 2017 deployment to 4th and 7th Fleet AORs.
His initial assignment was in USS DAVID R RAY (DD 971) serving as the Operations Intelligence Division Officer and First Lieutenant. After earning his Surface Warfare Officer qualification he graduated from the Nuclear Power training curriculum and served as the Main One Division Officer in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).
Commander Braun spent his first shore duty as Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. During this period he earned a Master's degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Upon graduating Department Head School, he reported to Norfolk, Virginia for duties as Operations Officer in USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96). He then served as Operations Officer in USS ANZIO (CG 68) in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon completion of his Department Head tours Commander Braun reported to Surface Training Force Atlantic/Carrier Strike Group Four where he served in the Maritime Operations Department.
Commander Braun completed his Executive Officer tour aboard the USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) in Norfolk, VA followed by Executive Officer at Afloat Training Group, Norfolk.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service and campaign awards.