US Air Force to be led by African American for the first time

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US Air Force to be led by African American for the first time

Senate unanimously approved the candidacy of General Charles Brown Jr.

WASHINGTON – For the first time in history, an African American will lead the US military.

On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously (98 votes in favor, 0 against) approved General Charles Brown Jr. as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force..

Prior to his approval, Brown headed the Pacific Air Force Command, responsible for the Air Force’s operations in the United States and in the Indo-Pacific Theater of Operations, which covers half of the world..

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He was also the deputy commander of Central Command, overseeing US military operations in the Middle East, from July 2016 to July 2018. Prior to that, he headed the United States Air Force Central Command..

The historic confirmation of Brown’s candidacy comes as protests against racial and social injustice swept across the country following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in May..

“I think my appointment may bring some hope, but it also carries a heavy burden. I cannot fix centuries of racism in our country, just as I cannot fix decades of discrimination that may have affected our BBC members, ”Brown said in a video message to the BBC..

He expressed the hope that wisdom and knowledge will come to the fore in these “difficult times” and lead to improvements “so that all pilots, today and tomorrow, appreciate the benefits of diversity and serve in an environment in which they can reach their full potential. “.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe described Brown as “an inspiring leader, courageous, sincere and unifying” whose experience in the Indo-Pacific theater will be a valuable asset as the military is shifting its focus to this part of the globe..

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Admiral Mike Mullen, called Brown’s approval “a big step in the right direction,” but expressed concern about the decline in the number of African Americans in the leadership of the US military..

As an F-16 fighter pilot, Brown has flown nearly 3,000 hours, including 130 combat hours, in more than 35 years of service..

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