WASHINGTON, May 5 (ZXS) -- US President Joe Biden nominated Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. at the White House on May 25. Appointed Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to replace outgoing Mark Milley.
Born in 1962, Brown is a four-star general in the U.S. Air Force and currently the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. He was the first African American to serve as chief of staff in the U.S. military. If his nomination is approved by the Senate, the U.S. Department of Defense will be the first time that both the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are African-American.
On May 5, local time, US President Biden nominated Air Force General Charles Brown as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff at the White House to replace the outgoing Mark Milley. Photo by China News Agency reporter Chen Mengtong
Brown was one of the few fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force, with nearly 3000,<> hours of flight experience and commanding all levels of the U.S. Air Force, according to the Associated Press. He created a number of "firsts" in the military, including the first African-American commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Force and the first African-American chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.
When Biden announced Brown's nomination at the White House on the 25th, he commented that he was a "military strategist and military innovation leader" and "no one is more suitable or qualified than him to lead the military to meet future challenges and responsibilities."
Milley, 65, will step down in October. At a press conference held at the Pentagon that day, he described Brown's military leadership as "absolutely superb" and expected his nomination to be quickly confirmed by Congress.
After the June 2020 Air Force Chief of Staff nomination hearing, Brown was approved by the Senate with 6 votes in favor and 98 against. (End)