Brännström was born in Hancock (Michigan, USA)
on February 28, 1957.
Brigadier General Brännström started his military
training in the Norrbotten Arctic Infantry Regiment (19th)
in Boden. He received his commission in 1979, after studies
at the Military Academy in Stockholm. He graduated from
War College in 1986 and from Staff College in 1990. Brigadier
General Brännström underwent parachute ranger
training in 1981.
He attended the Reserve Components National Security
Course (National Defense University, Arlington Virginia,
USA), the PfP Staff Officers Course (SWEDINT, Almnäs,
Sweden), the International Commanding Officers Course
(Armed Forces International Centre, Sessvollmoen, Norway),
the Integrated PfP OSCE Course (NATO Defense College,
Rome, Italy) and the Advanced Management Course (Swedish
Institute of Management, Sigtuna, Sweden).
Brigadier General Brännström has his background
in the Arctic Infantry. His career has included several
appointments within Arctic Infantry Brigades, from Platoon
Leader to Brigade Commander. He has held the position
as Chief of Army Operations in the Northern Joint Command
in Boden as well as several positions at Armed Forces
Headquarters in Stockholm. In 1982/83 he served as Platoon
Leader at the Swedish United Nations Battalion in Cyprus.
In 1992 Brigadier General Brännström was appointed
to the General Staff. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
in 1995 and Colonel in 1998. In 1998 Brigadier General
Brännström assumed command of the 5th Arctic
Infantry Brigade and the Jämtland Regiment in Östersund.
Brigadier General Brännström served as Commanding
Officer of the Swedish battalion and contingent in Kosovo
(SWEBAT) during the summer 2000.
Brigadier General Brännström is vice chairman
of the Swedish Association for Christian Officers and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.