History was made by the Trump administration when it nominated the first African American officer to become the next Air Force chief of staff, taking on one of the two highest positions in the Air Force.
The announcement, made by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, confirms that Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., at present the head of Pacific Forces, has been nominated for the position by President Trump, reported BPR.
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) March 2, 2020
Brown, known as “CQ” is an F-16 pilot with over 2,900 flying hours, and he served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command from July 2016 to July 2018. The post he has been nominated for has been held by Gen. David L. Goldfein for the past four years, and he will retire on June 30.
Brown’s position, to be confirmed by the Senate, will make him the first African American service chief, and also the first African American to sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff since then-Army Gen. Colin Powell, who served as chairman between 1989 and 1993.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff,” Brown said in a news release. “If confirmed, Sharene and 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.”
“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,” 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.”
“Gen CQ Brown is the right strategic leader at the right time for the United States Air Force,” Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of Space Operations, said in the news release.
“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!” Raymond said.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., stated in a tweet celebrating the “incredible news” that media reports would have been more forthcoming if “someone other than” his father President Trump was responsible.
Incredible news. If it would have been done by someone other than @realDonaldTrump you would have heard all about it. But hey, I’ll pass it on.
White House Nominates Nation’s 1st African American Military Service Chief. https://t.co/7GGZNVamDA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 3, 2020
Social media netizens were not amiss with congratulations however, as praise kept rolling in.
Actor James Wood offered congratulations,
Another first for black Americans under President Trump. Don’t expect it to be heralded by Democrat lackeys of the liberal media though. https://t.co/bAblvjbM8T
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 3, 2020
As an Air Force Veteran, I could not be prouder of @realDonaldTrump on his nomination of the qualified Gen. CQ Brown Jr. as the first black American USAF Chief of Staff and first black CoS to lead any military service branch. https://t.co/hjkPaKjknH
— Glenn McCall (@GMcCallSC) March 3, 2020
— T. Mark McCurley (@markmccurley) March 3, 2020
What a win for the country! CQ Brown is a great guy, smart, personable, strategic thinker, and will be a great chief of staff, and significantly, the first African-American chief of any military service. https://t.co/mJinqBypfi
— John Setter (@ghercroft2) March 2, 2020
Congratulations to the General. And if Trump is racist, he is really really bad at it.
— Randall Miller (@buckeye45_73) March 3, 2020