Brig. Gen. Branyon selected as Commander, Florida Air National Guard

Written by  //  September 14, 2012  //  Recent News

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2012) — Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., the Adjutant General of Florida, announced the selection of Brig. Gen.  Robert M. Branyon, as Commander, Florida Air National Guard.  He will assume command on Nov. 30, 2012, and retain his current position as the Florida Air National Guard Chief of Staff.

Brig. Gen. Robert Branyon

“Brig Gen Branyon has all the attributes needed to lead our Air Guard during this period of challenges and change,” said Maj. Gen. Titshaw.  “Bob is an inspiring leader who can balance the needs of our complex mission with those of his people and their families.” 

Brig. Gen. Branyon will follow Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus who has been selected for promotion to major general concurrent with his assignment as the Military Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force.

A command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, Branyon began pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in 1982.  He attended F-4 Phantom training at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., in 1984.  Branyon was subsequently assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., where he served as an instructor pilot, squadron training officer, and safety officer.  In 1987, he was selected as a U.S. Air Force Aggressor Pilot and assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  Upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Adversary Tactics School, Branyon received both the Top Gun Award and the Distinguished Graduate Award.  In 1989 he was named Air Combat Command Instructor of the Year in the F-5. 

He joined the Florida Air National Guard in July 1991 as an F-16 Falcon pilot and, in May 1995, transitioned to the F-15 Eagle.  He commanded the 125th Maintenance Group and the 159th Fighter Squadron and, later, served as Vice Commander and Commander of the 125th Fighter Wing. 

Branyon was commissioned from the United States Air Force Academy upon graduation in June 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He has a MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership from Western Governors University.  His military schools include the Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, and most recently DOD’s Capstone Course. 

In his civilian career, Brig Gen Branyon is a commercial pilot with Delta Airlines.