Former DEA Chief of Operations Supports SERKET Racing Mission
May 30th, 2013
Former DEA Chief of Operations Supports Serket Racing Mission
Wellington, Fla., (May 30, 2013) – SERKET Racing, a new force in Porsche racing and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, recently announced that former DEA Chief of Operations, Michael A. Braun, expressed his support of the team and its mission in a statement released earlier this week.
Please see below for the full statement:
“I am writing to congratulate and thank you and the SERKET Racing Team for the outstanding contributions you are making to our returning veterans and their families.
As you know, I retired from the US Drug Enforcement Administration as the Chief of Operations after serving 33 years in law enforcement. I enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1971 after high school and my military service undoubtedly laid the foundation for my future success, just as it did for you, and just as it will for today’s veterans. My service in the Corps, and the fact that my son is an active duty Naval Aviator in a combat helicopter squadron, gives me even greater satisfaction in writing this letter.
The tremendous backing that you and the SERKET Racing Team are giving to our veterans is second to none. Your outstanding business acumen, incredible success in the private sector and proven leadership ability help to ensure that hard earned contributions from fellow Americans make their way to those who need it most – distinguished Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, who face enormous challenges in their transition back to civilian life. The monies that you are raising for this most noble of causes is truly noteworthy.
Thank you for your continued outstanding service and leadership during these difficult days in our Nation’s history. Your contributions are making a genuine difference!
Michael A. Braun
MANAGING PARTNER, SPECTRE GROUP INTERNATIONAL, LLC.
RETIRED CHIEF OF OPERATIONS (SES-6), U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)”
About Michael A. Braun
Michael A. Braun enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and served from 1971 to 1973 as an infantryman, including limited service in the Republic of Vietnam. Mr. Braun served in the ranks of both local and state law enforcement for 11 years before joining the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1985.
During his time with the DEA, Mr. Braun received several promotions and served in a number of progressively challenging assignments in Central and South America, Iraq and the United States. Mr. Braun also served two Headquarters tours and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) by the Attorney General in 2002.
In June 2003, shortly after the Iraq invasion by U.S. and coalition partners, Mr. Braun was detailed to the Department of Defense to serve on special assignment in Iraq as the SES Chief of Staff for the Interim Ministry of Interior, Coalition Provisional Authority.
From December 2003 to 2005, Mr. Braun headed the multi-agency Office of Special Intelligence and later led the entire Intelligence Division. He was also appointed by the Attorney General to serve as the first Interim Director of a new Department of Justice Drug Intelligence Fusion Center that supports our nation’s wars on terrorism and drugs.
In February 2005 Mr. Braun was appointed DEA Chief of Operations (COO) and would retire as the longest serving COO in the agency’s history. During his tenure as COO, Mr. Braun became widely recognized as an authority on the growing confluence of drugs and terrorism, and for focusing the Agency’s efforts on the Global War on Terrorism.
Mr. Braun retired from the DEA in October 2008, and immediately founded Spectre Group International, LLC, (SGI) with two other partners where he serves as a Managing Partner. SGI supports US government efforts to build strong law enforcement and judicial institutions in the US and abroad, with initiatives supporting intelligence and counterinsurgency efforts, and with developing and supporting initiatives for private sector clients aimed at bolstering security and mitigating risk in myriad areas.
Mr. Braun has received numerous awards and commendations during his career, including the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2007 and the Presidential Rank Award in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Director of National Drug Control Policy Award for Meritorious Achievement. He is routinely quoted in major US and international print media channels and has appeared on notable television news broadcasts such as 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, to name just a few.
About SERKET Racing:
SERKET Racing (serketracing.com) is an organization based in Wellington, Florida, that races a 2012 GT3 cup car in conjunction with NGT Motorsport (ngtmotorsport.com). Beginning in 2013 SERKET racing will compete in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama – the largest single-make racing series in North America. Started by former Marine Mark Llano, and Randy Webb, the SERKET racing team competes with the goal of raising awareness and assistance for those who have honorably served and sacrificed for our country: military veterans and their families. Veteran owned and operated, SERKET Racing is aware of the obstacles that veterans face upon their return home and teams with numerous local, state and national charities to develop and implement innovative programs to assist these veterans and their families in their time of need.
About Operation Homefront:
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.
About The Xtreme Couture GI Foundation:
A 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, was founded by Randy Couture to honor the veterans of America’s armed forces. The foundation was especially formed to raise money and awareness for those wounded in action and their families.To date, more than 24,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in the war against terrorism, which doesn’t include the many more suffering the mental effects.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a program first created by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, designed to provide training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service. The mission of the EBV is to open the door to business ownership for our veterans, by developing skills that relate to the many steps associated with launching and growing a small business. Today the EBV is offered by a network of world-class business schools across the U.S., that includes Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Florida State University, UCLA, Purdue University, and the University of Connecticut. The training is provided at no cost to eligible veterans.