Vice President Mike Pence ceremonially swore in Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, the Air Force’s next chief of staff, in the Oval Office late Tuesday afternoon.
With his wife, Sharene, by his side and President Trump looking on, Brown — who will be the first Black military service chief in the history of the United States — raised his hand and swore the Oath of Office.
It was my honor to formally swear-in General Charles Q. Brown, the first African-American military service chief in American History. President @realDonaldTrump & I have every confidence our Air Force will only grow stronger under General Brown’s leadership! pic.twitter.com/nILcjhdqTX
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 4, 2020
“President @realDonaldTrump & I have every confidence our Air Force will only grow stronger under General Brown’s leadership!” Pence tweeted.
Trump congratulated Brown for achieving the “capper” on his “incredible career,” and quipped that his 98-0 confirmation vote in the Senate was “an achievement.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 5, 2020
Brown will officially take command of the Air Force as its 22nd chief of staff in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Thursday morning, at which current Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein will retire.
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Before the ceremony, U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams tweeted a photo of he and Brown, both wearing masks, and congratulated him. Adams noted that “whether a General or an Admiral [wearing face masks] is a strong and patriotic look!”
Honored to congratulate @usairforce General Charles Brown at his historic swearing in as the 22nd (and the 1st African American) Air Force Chief of Staff.
(And for the record, whether a General or an Admiral, a 😷 is a strong and Patriotic look!) 💪🏽🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/0DIpsARzgU
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) August 4, 2020
Brown was previously head of Pacific Air Forces, and is a decorated and experienced F-16 pilot.
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Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover Air Force operations against the Islamic State.