Captain Skip Braden received his wings in December of 1969. His first assignment was flying various assigned aircraft at PMRF Hawaii including EC-121, C-54 and S-2 series aircraft. He met his wife, Susan, during this tour. Reporting to his first squadron VAW-111 in 1972, he made numerous deployments flying the E-1B. He next reported to VAW-110 for transition to the E-2B then E-2C and instructor duty. He reported to the VAW-113 in 1979 and made deployments flying the E-2B through June 1981.
A Washington, D.C. tour in the Pentagon followed as Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Director of Navy Program Planning. Then Captain Braden returned to VAW-112 as XO in 1984, flying the E-2C and fleeting up to CO. After a tour on the staff of COMGRUDESGRU 5 as Air Operations then Operations Officer, he reported to the East Coast E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) VAW-120 as CO in 1989.
In 1990 Captain Braden was assigned as Chief of Staff for COMFITAEWWINGPAC at NAS Miramar. Following this assignment, he was attached to the Staff of Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific. Captain Braden was assigned as the last Commanding Officer of the West Coast E-2/C-2 FRS, VAW-110.
Captain Braden has been active as a consultant and businessman, since retiring in October 1994. He worked as a Program Manager for ARINC assisting in E-2 and C-2 Programs for three years. Since then, he has served as a Board of Director and Officer for five automotive related corporations. Currently, he is Vice President for Torino International, Inc., designers and distributors of the Tjaarda Personal Security Vehicle, and various other specialty vehicles.