First Black Leader of Military Services at the Pentagon
GENERAL CHARLES Q. BROWN JR.
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
President Trump appointed Charles Quinton Brown Jr. a United States Air Force four-star general, to be the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Forces. He is the first African-American to be appointed as Chief of Staff and the first African-American to lead any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.
Gen. Brown was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon Instructor. His notable staff tours include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group; and Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia.
Gen. Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two fighter wings and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Prior to serving as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Brown was the commander of Pacific Air Forces, Air Component Commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
Gen. Brown is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 130 combat hours. Born in 1962.