The President has nominated the First African-American Air Force Chief of Staff. If confirmed, he will take over after Gen David Goldfein retires on June 30. Gen Charles CQ Brown, Jr has been serving as Commander of the Pacific Air Forces, where he leads 46,000 USAF members. (Military.com)
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
“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. When it comes to global, operational savvy there’s nobody stronger. Congratulations to Gen. Brown on his nomination to be our next Chief.” Gen David Goldfein
Gen Charles CQ Brown Jr is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Civil Engineering. He earned his commission with distinction through their ROTC program.
The Air Force noted,
Throughout his 35-year career, Brown has been guided by what he describes as his “four tenets” – execute at a high standard; be disciplined in execution; pay attention to the details; and have fun.
“Regardless of our respective ranks and positions, we must execute to the best of our abilities and we must do it right the first time because the application of airpower is serious business where half-hearted efforts and playing for second place are not options,” he said during a 2018 speech.
A command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours primarily in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, including 130 combat hours, Brown held key roles in operations against Libya and in the air war against the Islamic State group. Across his career, Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command.
He also held other senior positions that will serve him well as the service’s chief military officer. They include serving as commandant of the Air Force Weapons School from 2005 to 2007 and, from March 2014 to June 2015, as director, Operations, Strategic Deterrence, and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
He has strong experience with several previous Air Force Chiefs of Staff as an “Aide-de-Camp” years ago. If confirmed, he will be responsible for “devising and articulating Air Force priorities, for shaping the service’s culture, budget and priorities as well as organizing, training and equipping the Air Force’s 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian personnel.”
To those who claim our President is “racist,” it’s time to step back and look at what he really does for the country… without partiality. Those who know the General’s 35 year USAF career say that he’s the best, and a much needed asset for his knowledge of Asia and the Korean Peninsula, among numerous other things. He appears to be a great choice. He also likes to “have fun,” something sorely needed in all leadership positions.
Featured photo: Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. attends a briefing by Air Commodore Rob Chipman at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base, Williamtown, Australia, Aug. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)