Pacific commander picked as next top Air Force general; would be first black military service chief

In a Sept. 3, 2019 photo, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, commander of Pacific Air Forces, speaks with reporters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Brown has been nominated to serve as the next Air Force chief of staff. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES
In a Sept. 3, 2019 photo, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, commander of Pacific Air Forces, speaks with reporters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Brown has been nominated to serve as the next Air Force chief of staff. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Pacific commander picked as next top Air Force general; would be first black military service chief

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON – Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. was nominated Monday to become the next Air Force chief of staff, a selection that would make him the first African American to serve as the top uniformed leader of a U.S. military service.

Brown would replace Gen. David Goldfein, the current Air Force chief of staff, who is expected to retire in the summer. Brown, known as “CQ,” now commands U.S. Air Forces Pacific, which is responsible for Air Force operations in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations.

Brown is a battle-tested fighter pilot who commanded air forces operating in the Middle East -- against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- and Afghanistan.

Goldfein tweeted his congratulations to Brown on Monday after his nomination was announced.

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