On May 25, 2023, President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Air Force Chief General Charles Q. Brown as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Brown would be the first Black officer to hold the position.
In his announcement, Biden praised Brown’s leadership skills and his experience in combat. “General Brown has built a reputation across the force as an unflappable and highly effective leader,” Biden said. “He is someone who creates an environment of teamwork, trust and then executes with excellence.”
Brown is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout his career. He has flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and has commanded the Air Force’s 4th Fighter Wing and the Air Combat Command.
If confirmed by the Senate, Brown would take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 2023. The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the United States and is responsible for advising the president and the secretary of defense on military matters.
Brown’s nomination comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China. Biden has said that he wants to build a “stronger, more competitive” relationship with China, but he has also warned that the United States will not hesitate to defend its interests.
Brown’s experience in combat and his leadership skills will be essential as he takes on the role of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He will be responsible for advising the president on how to respond to the many challenges facing the United States, including the threat from China