Once His Nomination is Confirmed, He Will Become The United States Air Force’s First Black Chief Of Staff


March 6, 2020

Black history is celebrated all year!

General Charles Q. Brown Jr. made history by being nominated to become the first African American chief of staff for the United States Air Force, Black Enterprise reports. 

If General Brown is appointed, he will be the highest ranking officer in the Air Force and the first Black man to lead any military branch since Colin Powell. Brown is a highly decorated general, a decorated fighter pilot who has served through multiple combat tours around the world, and the current commander of the U.S Pacific Air Forces.


As chief of staff, he will be responsible for overseeing all units in the Air Force, supporting a new Space Force program, and working with the Joint Chief of Staff in the Department of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, National Security Council, and consulting with the president on all military affairs. 

Barbara Barrett, secretary for the Air Force issued a statement about the nomination, saying, “The United States Air Force will be well served by the formidable talents of C.Q. Brown. He has unmatched strategic vision and operational expertise. His leadership will be instrumental as the service continues to focus on the capabilities and talent we need to implement the National Defense Strategy.”

General Brown will be replacing Gen. David L. Goldfein, who is retiring this year. 


“I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff. If confirmed…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,” Brown said. 

Congratulations General Brown!

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force


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