BG Lonnie J. Branum
Brigadier General Lonnie J. Branum Jr. enlisted in the Arizona Army National Guard in 1982 and was later commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1994 through Officer Candidate School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advance Courses; the Military Police Transition Course; the Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Intermediate Level Education and the U.S. Army War College. His commissioned officer duty assignments include: Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion 180th Field Artillery; Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 1st Battalion 180th Field Artillery; Commander, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion 180th Field Artillery; Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 2nd Battalion 180th Field Artillery; Operations Officer, 153rd Field Artillery Brigade; Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion 180th Field Artillery, Mosul, Iraq; Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion 180th Field Artillery; Contract Team Leader 1971st Acquisition Team; Deputy Director of Program Operations, CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, Kabul, Afghanistan; Commander, 850th Military Police Battalion; Deputy Commanding Officer, 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Commander, 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations - G3, Arizona Army National Guard. Most recently he served as the Deputy Adjutant General, Arizona National Guard.
Brigadier General Branum’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the 11th U.S. Cavalry Regiment Order of the Combat Spur, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
A traditional guardsman and Arizona Native, Brigadier General Branum is an Engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center working on the Apache Longbow Helicopter Program in Mesa, Arizona. Brigadier General Branum is married to Stacy Branum and they have three adult sons Tyler, Shane and Colby.