President Joe Biden has nominated General Charles Brown, a Black career pilot, to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Biden commended General Brown for his heroic actions, including surviving an ejection from a fighter jet into a swamp and his fight against racism.
General Brown, also known as “CQ” Brown, will become President Biden’s top military advisor if confirmed by the Senate. This historic nomination would make General Brown the second-ever Black man to hold this position and the first time African Americans simultaneously occupy both of the military’s highest-ranking roles.
President Biden praised General Brown’s military lineage and highlighted his extensive experience as a pilot with over 3,000 flight hours, including 130 in combat. The President emphasized General Brown’s exceptional firsthand knowledge of global military operations and the respect he has earned from allies and partners. Biden shared a light-hearted anecdote about General Brown’s F-16 catching fire and his ejection into a Florida swamp.
“He plays to win,” Biden said, and “that is going to be an enormous asset to me as commander in chief and to the United States of America as we navigate challenges in the coming years.”
If appointed, General Brown, as the highest-ranking military official at the Pentagon, would be responsible for maintaining a combat-ready force capable of deterring and defeating any potential threats, according to President Biden. Biden also highlighted the importance of managing competition with China and addressing the resurgence of Russian aggression in Europe.
Additionally, as the head of the military during this period, General Brown would oversee the impact of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing, which has the potential to change the nature of conflicts fundamentally, stated President Biden.
President Biden framed General Brown’s nomination as celebrating the core American principle that all individuals are created equal, emphasizing his commitment to promoting diversity in leadership roles. Biden referenced General Brown’s testimony regarding his experiences with racism and his unwavering patriotism, acknowledging the courage it took to speak out.
If the Senate confirms his appointment, General Brown will succeed Army General Mark Milley, who served through the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump during his four-year term.