*General Charles Q. Brown Jr. is set to become the first Black service chief of the United States Air Force.
Brown, known widely as C.Q., has been nominated as the next Air Force chief of staff. If he is confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed General David L. Goldfein, who is expected to retire this year.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff,” Brown said. “If confirmed, Sharene 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.”
As Chief of Staff, one of Brown’s first tasks will be getting Trump’s newly created Space Force up and running.
“CQ Brown is one of the finest warriors our Air Force has ever produced. He’s led worldwide – in the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” Gen. Goldfein said. “When it comes to global, operational savvy there’s nobody stronger. Congratulations to Gen. Brown on his nomination to be our next Chief.”
While Gen. Brown will be the first Black service chief, former Secretary of State Colin Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff while an Army General.
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“The United States Air Force will be well served by the formidable talents of CQ Brown,” Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett said. “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.”
Via New York Times:
General Brown, who is now the commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, is one of only two African-American four-star generals currently serving. He is a decorated fighter pilot with multiple combat tours in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
He graduated in 1984 from Texas Tech University with a degree in civil engineering. In 1994, he received a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The website for the U.S. Airforce notes: “As Chief of Staff, Brown will play a central role in fully integrating and connecting warfighting operations that allows information to be collected, analyzed and shared across all domains – air, sea, land, cyber and space – and among all services.”
“Gen. CQ Brown is the right strategic leader at the right time for the United States Air Force,” said Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations. “He clearly understands the evolving and complex strategic environment we face and recognizes the importance of integrating across all domains to compete, deter and win. On behalf of the 16,000 men and women assigned to the United States Space Force, congratulations on the nomination!”
“With Gen. CQ Brown’s nomination, comes the right level of talent and experience for the job to hone Airman lethality and readiness; strengthen bonds with allied and partner air forces, and to do this efficiently,” said Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper.