San Antonio native made first black officer to lead military branch

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 12:13:00-04

WASHINGTON — Gen. Charles Brown Jr. was unanimously confirmed as the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force by the Senate on Tuesday. This confirmation makes Brown the first black officer to lead one of the country's military branches.

Brown was mostly recently the commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. As a fighter pilot, Brown logged almost 3,000 hours, including 130 in combat.

A native of San Antonio, Brown is a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He has commanded a fighter squadron and two fighter wings and has also been an F-16 instructor in the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

In a social media post made on Friday, Brown acknowledged that he is a minority in a predominantly white U.S. military. African Americans make up just over 17% of all active-duty ranks and within the Air Force, less than 15% of active-duty ranks are African American.