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PACAF Commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. Nominated for Service’s Top Job

March 3, 2020

From the Air Force Magazine website

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General Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of Pacific Air Forces, has been nominated to be the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced March 2, confirming Air Force Magazine’s earlier report. Brown will succeed Gen. David Goldfein, whose tenure ends June 30.

If confirmed, Brown would be the first African American to serve as Chief of Staff of any of the U.S. Armed Forces. The only other African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff was Army Gen. Colin Powell, who was Chairman from 1989-1993.

The coming nomination was widely, but unofficially, discussed last week during AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. Several senior leaders referred to it as “the worst-kept secret in the Air Force.” Sources reported that the other leading candidate for the job was Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa.

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