President Joe Biden has announced his intention to nominate U.S. Air Force Chief General Charles Q. Brown Jr. as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, and General Charles C.Q. Brown
the president thanked outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley for his service and stated his intention to nominate U.S. Air Force Chief General Charles Q. Brown Jr. as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Archive photo taken at a BEYA Stars and Stripes event)
Brown, a former fighter pilot with experience in the Pacific, would be only the second Black officer to hold this position after Colin Powell, who served two decades ago. Brown’s appointment is pending Senate confirmation.
In August 2022, Gen. Brown took the reins of the Air Force, officially becoming the first African American general to lead a branch of the U.S. military. Brown was officially sworn in as Air Force chief of staff in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Brown was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He has served in various positions at the squadron and wing levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon Instructor.
His notable staff tours include ide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group; and Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia.
Brown has commanded a ﬁghter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two ﬁghter wings, and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Before serving as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Brown was the commander of Paciﬁc Air Forces, Air Component Commander for U.S. Indo-Paciﬁc Command. He is a command pilot with over 3,000 ﬂying hours, including 130 combat hours.
Happening Now: President Biden announces his intent to nominate General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. https://t.co/5uJw87Nxt0
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 25, 2023