WASHINGTON, DC: General Charles Q. Brown Jr., a decorated four-star general in charge of the Pacific Air Force, was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 98-0 vote as the first black military service chief to serve as the Air Force Chief of Staff.
Brown was a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours in the F-16, F-15, and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, including 130 combat hours and has held senior leadership positions at U.S. Central Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. Since the 1980’s he has earned nearly 20 military decorations.
As the 22nd Air Force Chief of Staff, Brown will oversee about 685,000 employees and manage a budget of $168 billion.
“There is no one I know who is better prepared to be Chief of Staff, no one who has the experience and the temperament to lead the Air Force,” said Gen. David Goldfein, the service’s current top uniformed official. “The Air Force and our nation will be in good hands under his leadership.”
Spurred by George Floyd’s death in Minnesota last month, his confirmation came as the military has responded to nationwide protests over police brutality and charges of systemic racism.
To watch a video of General Brown addresse the issues of race and justice in the wake of Floyd’s death and the public response that followed, click HERE.
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