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Our friend and colleague, retired U.S. Navy Captain, Dr. Robert “Bob” Brannon, the former dean of the College of International and Security Studies, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery March 5. (Marshall Center photo by Karl-Heinz Wedhorn)

By GCMC Public Affairs

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Virginia (March 12, 2018) -- Our friend and colleague, retired U.S. Navy Captain, Dr. Robert “Bob” Brannon, the former dean of the College of International and Security Studies, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, March 5.

Dean Brannon died May 21, 2017, at his home in (Kayenta) Ivins, Utah.

After 41 years of federal service, Brannon retired from the Marshall Center on Sept. 26, 2016.

“I can’t begin to say how much this American patriot has done. He came here as Dean in 2012 at the time of sequestration. He launched new courses in counter narcotics strategies, cyber security, combatting transnational organized crime and courses in regional security focused on Europe’s Eastern and Southern flanks. He has changed the course of the Marshall Center and has positioned it well to address transnational challenges for the decades, ahead,” said Marshall Center Director, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton during Dean Brannon’s retirement ceremony.

At his retirement ceremony on Sept. 22, where he was presented the Defense Department’s Superior Civilian Service and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Exceptional Service Award among other accolades, Brannon was congratulated by a colleague and former boss. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft travelled to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to celebrate his long-time friend’s retirement.

“This is a man who is not only a great patriot but he’s a man that despite that calm exterior and wonderful sense of humor is a man that is very powerfully driven. The fact that he was a Navy enlisted man who became an officer doesn’t surprise me,” Tefft said.

Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery in the United States, established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House.

The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. and near The Pentagon.

More than 300,000 people are buried in an area of 624 acres (2.53 km2).

Veterans and military casualties from every one of the nation's wars are interred in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900. There are many unknown burials as well.