Nominee for Air Force Chief Would Be First African-American in Post

Nominee for Air Force Chief Would Be First African-American in Post

WASHINGTON — The United States Air Force is set to have its first black service chief, Defense Department officials said on Monday.

General Charles Q. Brown Jr., known widely as C.Q., will soon be nominated as the Air Force chief of staff, officials said.

If he is confirmed by the Senate, General Brown will become the rare African-American officer to sit on the elite Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previously, Colin L. Powell served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff while an Army general.

General Brown, who is now the head of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, is one of only two African-American four-star generals currently serving. He is a fighter pilot with multiple combat tours in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

He would succeed General David L. Goldfein, who is expected to retire later this year.

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