COL LaHavie J. Brunson was born the son of SGM(R) Albert and Delphine Brunson, in Fayetteville, NC. He comes from a military family with two brothers, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law who all have proudly served as officers in the United States Army. As a youth, he was heavily involved in academics and sports, and achieved the Eagle Scout rank. COL Brunson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was commissioned as a 2LT in the Quartermaster Corps in 1998.

COL Brunson has served as a junior officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, commanded two companies in the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (A) and its Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (A), and completed his field grade time in the 3d ACR. He then spent a year in Rhode Island attending the Naval College of Command and Staff. COL Brunson was next assigned to the Army Staff and served in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, as the Executive Officer to the Vice Director of the Army Staff, followed by duty as the Executive Officer to the Director of Army Maintenance in the HQDA G-4. COL Brunson departed the NCR to assume command of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (A), 4-25 IBCT (A), JBER, AK. He was then assigned to the Joint Staff J4, where he served as the Joint Munitions Branch Chief and as the Executive Officer to the Director, Joint Staff J4. COL Brunson recently graduated from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.

COL Brunson's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), ARCOM (6th award), AAM (5th award), NDSM, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, ASR, OSR, NATO Medal (Kosovo), and the MOVSM. COL Brunson is authorized to wear the Master Parachutist's Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, the Canadian Parachutist's Badge, the German Parachutist's Badge, the Samuel Sharpe Award, the Order of St. Martin, and the Army and Joint Staff Identification Badges.

COL Brunson’s wife of 16 years is Karyn Mitchell Brunson. They have two sons, Alexander and Nicholas Brunson.