President Donald Trump nominated the first African American Air Force chief of staff, the highest ranking uniformed position.
Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. is a veteran combat pilot and longtime officer currently the head of U.S. Pacific Air Forces. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced his nomination on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Brown is an F-16 pilot who has served in Asia and the Middle East and has been an Air Force officer since 1984. He has flown nearly 3,000 hours, including combat missions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Prior to leading the Pacific Air Forces, he was the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.
President nominates General Charles Brown, USAF to be the first African American Air Force Chief of Staff. pic.twitter.com/LYtLjrajXE— John Noonan (@noonanjo) March 2, 2020
Brown would become the first-ever black leader of any military branch if he gets confirmed by the Senate.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff,” Brown said in an Air Force news release. “If confirmed, Sharene and I look forward to building upon the legacy of Gen. Dave and Dawn Goldfein and the many airpower giants before who have served our Air Force and our nation with such dedication.”