Robin Braun, a 1977 graduate of Northern Arizona University, has been promoted to vice admiral and chief of the Navy Reserve. She was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama in May and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June.

With the move, Braun becomes the first female leader of the Navy Reserve.

Braun, promoted from rear admiral, previously served as deputy for operations/battle staff director, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

According to her official biography, Braun has accumulated more than 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft. Her awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).