The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation supports the National Naval Aviation Museum, National Flight Academy, DoD STARBASE Pensacola, and the Flight Adventure Deck —which advances STEM education for our nation’s youth. We promote the history and heritage of Naval Aviation for current and future generations.

Board of Directors & Trustees

Honor the past. Inspire the future.

Meet our Board of Directors & Trustees
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Vice Admiral Robin Braun, USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Robin Braun served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2016. In her final assignment, she served as the 13th Chief of Navy Reserve, leading more than 60,000 men and women in support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Force.

The daughter of a career Naval Aviator, VADM Braun was born in Pensacola, FL during her father’s tour as a Navy flight instructor. She entered the Navy in 1979 through Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1980. Braun earned her wings at a time when only five civilian women were selected for Navy flight training each year.

Braun’s operational tours include VQ-3 at Barbers Point, HI; VR-61 at Whidbey Island, WA; VR-51 at Glenview, IL, and VR-48 at Naval Air Facility Washington DC. During these tours, she served as an aircraft commander, mission commander, and instructor pilot, amassing more than 5,800 hours in Navy aircraft. Her command tours included Commanding Officer of VR-48; the Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO) in New Orleans, LA; Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5’s Tactical Support Center in Brunswick, ME; and Carrier Strike Group TEN’s Reserve Staff.

Her shore assignments include Instructor Pilot in Advanced Flight Training (VT-31), Aviation Detailer at Navy Personnel Command, Intern on the Joint Staff J-33, and Duty Officer in the Pentagon’s Navy Operations Center.

Braun’s Flag assignments include Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany; Director, Total Force Management for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2/N6); and Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

In 2022, Braun was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve as Vice Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a federal advisory committee chartered to provide recommendations on policies relating to the recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment of women in the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, she serves as a Director and Treasurer of the Northern Arizona University Foundation.

Braun is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She was employed by FEDEX Express as a B-727 and A-300 pilot until her retirement in 2019, and served on the Board of Directors for Identiv, Inc., a global leader in physical security and RFID and NFC technology.


Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad, USN (Ret)

Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, a native of Las Vegas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Physics. He earned a Master of Science in National Resource Management, graduating with distinction, from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also attended the Navy Corporate Business Course at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Cozad’s operational Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) tours span all four MPR sites, including Patrol Squadron (VP) 23, Brunswick, Maine; VP-9, Barbers Point and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; command of VP-40, Whidbey Island, Washington; and command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Jacksonville, Florida. Cozad has served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours and completed two tours with VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron and one with the Canadian Air Force’s 404 Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, as a CP-140 exchange instructor pilot.

His shore tours include Navy Personnel Command as aviation commander and captain detailer; commanding officer, staff enlisted personnel; and executive assistant to the commander. He served as the 22nd senior director of the White House Situation Room and as a chief of naval operations (CNO) fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group (XXXII).

As a flag officer, Cozad has previously been assigned as vice deputy director, Regional, Force Management and Future Operations (J-35), The Joint Staff in Norfolk, Virginia; commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo; and commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group and Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific in Norfolk.

Cozad became the 19th commander of the Naval Education and Training Command July 20, 2017.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He received the Admiral William F. Bringle Award for inspirational leadership during his tour as a flight deck officer and catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).


We are here because of your generous donations and it’s thanks to you that we’ve been able to accomplish so much in our efforts to support the National Naval Aviation Museum and enhance STEM education with our world-class aviation-themed learning adventure, the National Flight Academy.

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