General Charles Brown confirmed as Air Force Chief of Staff, becomes 1st black chief of any military branch

by Peter Heck · Jun 10th, 2020 9:32 am

By a 98-0 vote, the United States Senate confirmed President Trump's appointment of General Charles Brown to become the first black chief of any U.S. military branch. Trump appointed Brown to be the Air Force Chief of Staff to replace retiring General Dave Goldfein.

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the U.S. Capitol to preside over the confirmation vote, a decision that reflects the historic nature of the nomination.

Trump tweeted his approval of the vote, calling Brown "a patriot and great leader."

Trump nominated Brown back in early March, but his nomination was temporarily delayed by Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who placed a legislative hold on the confirmation in an attempt to leverage the vote to gain approval for a new U.S. Air Force refueling base in his state.


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