Air Force Chief Of Staff To Be Nominated By Biden As Joint Chiefs Chairman

( – Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. is expected to be nominated as the 21st chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Joe Biden sometime before July. Brown is currently the chief of staff of the Air Force. If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, he would be sworn in Oct. 1.

Brown would succeed Gen. Mark Milley whose four-year term ends in September. In 2018, Milley was nominated by then-President Donald Trump.

Brown graduated from the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. In 1984, he was commissioned into the Air Force. During his 40 years in the Air Force, he has logged more than 3,000 flight hours, more than 130 combat hours, and 26 assignments. During his 40-year career he has commanded the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, two fighter wings, and a fighter squadron.

He was named the Air Force Chief of Staff in August of 2020.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the military’s top-ranking officer, serving a term of four years. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves as the president’s senior military advisor and does not command troops.

If nominated and then confirmed by the Senate to the position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brown, who is Black, would be the second to hold the position. Army Gen. Colin Powell was the first to hold the position. Powell was appointed in 1989 by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Powell was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs until 1993.

If he is nominated and the Senate confirms Brown, both the defense secretary as well as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs would both be African American, marking the first time in U.S. history.

The 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger was also interviewed for the position.

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