Senate Confirms Gen. Charles Brown as First African American Air Force Chief of Staff

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Posted: Jun 09, 2020 4:55 PM
Senate Confirms Gen. Charles Brown as First African American Air Force Chief of Staff

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The Senate confirmed General Charles Brown to be the Air Force’s chief of staff, by a vote of 98-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Gen. Brown currently serves as the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces and will be the first African American chief of staff to any branch of the military to date. His new job will give Gen. Brown a seat at the table of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the historic vote.

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, Gen. Brown, one of only two four-star African American generals currently serving in the military, released a powerful video message:

President Trump praised Gen. Brown as a “patriot and great leader:”