Commander Deborah Branch retires from Navy

Commander Deborah Branch

Cmdr. Deborah Branch began her Naval career in 1975 at the Naval Reserve Center Forth Wadsworth, on Staten Island, N.Y.

In 1978, Branch transferred to the intelligence program where she spent the remainder of her career. She recently retired from the Navy after 34 years of service.

Beginning as a temporary E4, she passed each of her enlisted exams to rise from yeoman third class to chief petty officer in 1987.

In 1989, Branch was selected as command chief of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. During the same period, she began her law school career at the University of Houston School of Law.

In 1991, Branch was selected as a limited duty officer - intelligence and in December 1991 received her law school degree.

Her enlisted tours of duty included Philadelphia, New Orleans, Sigonella, Florida, Hawaii, Berlin, Ohio, Norfolk, Washington, D.C. and Washington state, San Francisco, Willow Grove and Boston.

In February 1992, Branch became an ensign and eventually promoted to commander. Her tours of duty as an officer included repeat visits to Korea and Japan, Hawaii, San Diego, Norfolk, and a tour at sea while serving the Mine Warfare Command. She also served in the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Command, Southern Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, U. W. Central Command, and Naval Reserve Intelligence Command.

Since 2007, Branch has worked as an assistant district attorney for the 156th Judicial District in Bee, Live Oak, and McMullen counties. In March 2010, she won the Democratic Party nomination for Victoria County District Attorney.

She is involved in volunteerism with numerous organizations in Victoria and is an active member of the Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as Sunday school superintendent.