Ted N. Branch

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Ted N. Branch
Thumb VADM Branch, Ted.jpg
Nickname(s) Twig
Born Long Beach, Mississippi
Allegiance USA
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1975-Present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held

Ted N. "Twig" Branch is a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. He is currently the Director of Naval Intelligence / Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1979

Master of International Relations, Naval War College

Military career[edit]

Branch is a career naval aviator, specializing in A-7 Corsairs and F/A-18 Hornets. He has flown combat missions over Grenada, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq. He has served as the commanding officer of VFA-15 (Strike Fighter Squadron 15), the USS Coronado (AGF-11), the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Strike Group One (Carl Vinson Strike Group), and Naval Air Force Atlantic. He has also served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.[1]

As the commander of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), then-Captain Branch was featured prominently in the Emmy award-winning documentary television series Carrier.[2]

On 16 May 2013, Branch was nominated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to become the Director of Naval Intelligence and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in July 2013 and automatically promoted to Vice Admiral (O-9).[3]

On November 8, 2013, the Navy suspended VADM Branch's security clearance in connection with an NCIS bribery investigation involving Singapore-based defense contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia.[4][5] The investigation as to Branch involves a non-criminal accusation of "inappropriate conduct" associated with his acceptance of gifts from Glenn Marine during the time of his Pacific commands, before his appointment as Director of Naval Intelligence.[6] As of November 2014, Branch's security clearance has not been restored.[7]

Military Awards and Decorations[edit]

Information dominance warfare officer device.PNG Information Dominance Warfare Officer Badge

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg Naval Aviator Wings

Silver star
Legion of Merit (with one silver award star)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (with one gold award star)
Air Medal ribbon.svgAward numeral 1.png Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 1
Gold star
Gold star
Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold award stars and Combat V)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (with one bronze service star)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ Wreathed Battle E device (5 awards)
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal (with one bronze service star)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Silver star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with silver and bronze service star)
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal

Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Navy.mil Leadership Biographies
  2. ^ CARRIER . The Crew | PBS
  3. ^ Formal Nomination as DCNO for Information Dominance | Naval Intelligence Professionals
  4. ^ Whitlock, Craig (November 8, 2013). "Two admirals face probe in Navy bribery scheme". Washington Post. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Perry, Tony (November 8, 2013). "Two admirals under investigation in Navy bribery scandal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kenny, Steve; Drew, Christopher (November 8, 2013). "Contracting Case Implicates 2 Admirals". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Larter, David (3 November 2014). "Sources: US Navy Intel Chief's Security Clearance Suspended, Can't View Classified Info". DefenseNews. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Kendall L. Card
Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by